Tag: Self-Discipline

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  • Grade for Grit? Not Yet

    We’ve been showing a video of the classic “marshmallow experiment” for years at parent education seminars across the country. We re-constructed the experiment with a group of local parents here in the Twin Cities about ten years ago, and it serves as a catalyst for important conversations about the role that self-discipline plays in our children’s success and happiness.... 

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  • Parents: Try Starting at the End and Working Backwards

    "Respectful. Caring. Intelligent. Courageous. Hard working. Empathetic. Confident. Humble. Kind."

    One of my favorite ways to start a parenting workshop I facilitate on limits and consequences is to ask parents to close their eyes and envision their children-turned-adults. "What kind of people do you hope your kids become?"

    To be clear, when I ask this question I am not... 

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  • Little Known Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

    For some of us, New Year’s resolutions can feel like just the thing that we need to make the changes we’ve been putting off. Yet sometimes the feelings of optimism and determination don’t last through the first few weeks of January. Many lofty New Year’s resolutions simply become pesky reminders of our failure to follow through.

    Does that mean that resolutions... 

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  • 20 Strategies for Nurturing Self-Discipline in Explosive Children

    My son has very little tolerance for frustration and melts down or tantrums anytime I try to say no to him. It has always been this way but lately I feel like I am walking on eggshells. Help!

    Shondra, IL

    Shondra, It can be difficult to set limits and consequences with children who have difficulty regulating their emotions. All kids... 

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  • 10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Boosting Your Child's Intelligence

    It am writing this one month into the school year and your kids are well into doing their homework and investing in big assignments.Every parent wants their child to succeed in school - but do you really know what intelligence is made of? It isn't just about IQ scores or test results.

    The more "yes" answers you have to the questions below, the more likely you are to foster intelligence... 

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  • Trust Us: Another Take on the Marshmallow Test

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    "Moot!" my son exclaimed happily. "More moot!" In order to make sure that he got his message through to me he proudly showed me his empty milk glass. I reassured him that I would return to the dining room with more milk after I checked in on... 

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  • Why We Can't Always Trust Our Kids (Or Ourselves) to Resist Digital Distractions

    We live in a world that begs our attention and engagement at every turn. Even as I settle in to write this blog post, Ping! A new email; Beep! someone posted on my Facebook timeline; Bzzz. my phone alerts me to a text even though I've put it on vibrate in a weak attempt to avoid incoming distractions.

    Given all these temptations, it is amazing that I am still here typing away. Thank... 

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  • "But Dad said I could!" Discipline Tips for Divorced Parents

    “I asked mom and she already said it was okay for me to go out with my friends tonight.”

    “But dad never makes me do my homework before I play video games!”

    Sound familiar? Parenting across two households can be a real challenge. Working through the pain of ending a committed relationship into a working relationship that benefits our... 

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  • Wired Differently: Parenting Kids with Special-Needs

    We are just beginning to understand how amazingly complex the human brain is. While each brain is completely unique to its owner, brains share general commonalities and similar functions. Some children, however, are born with brains that are wired differently from those of most kids. Not better or worse, just different.

    Wired Differently

    Kids with... 

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  • Spoiled baby or secure attachment?

    Dr. Dave, I know that you do a lot of research on self-discipline and self reliance. I work with new parents and many are worried about "spoiling" their babies by responding immediately to their cries and picking them up. How should I respond?

    Cheryl, Mississippi

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  • The Marshmallow Experiment

    I saw Dr. Dave Walsh present a couple of weeks ago and loved the video he showed of the marshmallow experiment. What a fun way to learn about impulse control and delay of gratification! Where can I find this video?

    Marjorie, Huron County, Michigan

    Marjorie, I am glad you... 

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