Category Archives: early childhood

The surprising truth about “educational” toys

Did your child just get lots of new toys for Christmas? You should know that many of the toys being marketed as educational for young children actually interfere with learning and development. See the New York Times article at the link … Continue reading

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Raising a Young Child with Healthy Eating Habits

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., BCC, Parent Coach As the family joined together to enjoy Christmas dinner, I noticed my cousin having a disagreement with her 4 year old son over the food. She was piling turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and peas … Continue reading

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Tips for Teaching New Skills to a Toddler

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., Parent Coach Tips for teaching a toddler a new skill. Have you ever tried to teach a toddler how to do something they haven’t yet learned to do, such as brush their teeth or clean the table … Continue reading

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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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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 1

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., Author, Speaker, and Parent Coach I speak with parents and other adults about raising toddlers to be compassionate, thinking, self-reliant individuals. The other day, I was speaking with such a group and the topic came up– … Continue reading

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Believing in the Young Child’s Abilities

What must adults do to nurture young children’s development—particularly their development of critical capabilities, such as initiative, concentration, persistence, self-control, and the ability to focus attention– abilities, necessary for organizing oneself to achieve a goal? One key has to do … 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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