Category Archives: Child Development

Child-rearing has changed– and it’s not all good! Part 1

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D.– Parent Coach  What have you noticed about child-rearing changes in the US in recent decades? I’ve noticed some positive changes.  It seems that more parents are more warm and affectionate with their children than in the … Continue reading

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Helicopter parenting– where does it come from– and how can we avoid it?

By Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D. Where does helicopter parenting come from?  Isn’t it just a super-extraordinary form of love? I became very curious about this 10 years ago when I first observed toddlers and young children demonstrating much more capability, courtesy, and … Continue reading

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How helicopter parenting leads to tantrums

Some of the parents I work with are worried about becoming the dreaded helicopter parent– described in the media and in research as a parent who hovers constantly over their child, overprotecting the child to the point of hindering the child’s growth and development.   The … Continue reading

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Teaching children to say “sorry”– Part 2– how to treat mistakes

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., the Born for Brilliance parent coach In the next post, I will share more specific suggestions about how to help your child learn to apologize when she really ought to.  In this post, I will address … Continue reading

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Teaching children to say “I’m sorry”

by Ginny Trierweiler, the Born for Brilliance Parenting Coach I was just asked today “How do I teach my child to apologize when she has done something wrong?  Why do children resist this?” There are some really good reasons children … Continue reading

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Developing Intelligence and Self-Reliance

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., child psychologist and parent coach I studied child development in depth for more than 30 years, so I know that babies are intelligent and inherently driven to learn.  But I didn’t realize how capable infants and … Continue reading

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What to do when you see unsupervised children– Part 2

In the last post, I suggested that calling the police is probably not the first thing to do when you see unsupervised children.  Well, at lot of my work involves helping people raise toddlers who are thinking, courteous, and becoming … Continue reading

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Give Young Children a Meaningful Role in the Community

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D. What allows toddlers and young children to develop great executive functions and the ability to organize themselves toward a goal? They must be allowed to engage in a lot of active, self-directed learning, and to correct … Continue reading

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Children Learn Better when allowed to Correct their own Mistakes

By Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D. Although most experts in the field don’t believe very young children demonstrate executive functions, I have noticed that very young children, including infants and toddlers, demonstrate a remarkable emerging ability to concentrate, focus their attention, persist … Continue reading

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Should we protect young children from hard work?

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D. When my colleague, Deborah Silvis, and I decided to observe the conditions and approaches that fostered great emerging capabilities in young children (infants through 6 years old), we identified 7 inter-related keys that seemed to support … Continue reading

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