Category Archives: infants

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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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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Young Children allowed to work to their Heart’s Content…

What allows toddlers and young children to develop great executive functions and the ability to organize themselves toward a goal?   One key is that children must have work to do that is interesting to them and is optimally challenging. … 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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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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7 Keys for Releasing Higher Intelligence in Babies

by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., www.bornforbrilliance.com I was amazed and moved at the concentration and self-control I observed among infants and toddlers in a Montessori school in Denver. And these were not children from wealthy families at all– this was an … Continue reading

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Uncommon Ideas to Support Baby’s and Toddler’s Active, Self-Directed Learning

In the interest of bringing out the best in parents and young children, I talk a lot about allowing babies and toddlers to move about and explore and touch things. Of course, until they develop a bit more judgment, you … Continue reading

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Resist the modern approach of knocking the thinking right out of them!

Babies and young children are much more intelligent than we tend to give them credit for.  They are working very hard and adding new brain connections all the time– much more than we are. Did you know that young children … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Parents!

By Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D., Author, Speaker, Parent and Leadership Coach ________________________________ In various dialogues with parents, I asked the question “what do you wish you had known or understood earlier as a parent?” Their thoughtful and wise responses have blown … Continue reading

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Insights of parents of babies and toddlers– Part 2

I asked parents of babies and toddlers about their experiences, challenges, and insights.  This post summarizes some of the insights they have developed as parents. Babies are strong!  As one mom put it:  At the beginning, I was so worried … Continue reading

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