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Is “benign neglect” best for kids?

Which is better for kids — Helping Them as Much as Possible or “Benign Neglect?” by Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D.   Recently, I was visiting a woman at a nursing home and saw in her room a Reader’s Digest article titled … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Babies are geniuses– not “blank slates!” Part 2

Let’s break this myth once and for all!  Babies’ brains are not blank slates— it is just NOT true! The idea that the human mind at birth is a “blank slate” has been popular through much of human history. Aristotle was a … Continue reading

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Babies are Geniuses! Part 1

Parents sense something special about their babies from the beginning.  This kid has something amazing going on in there!  S/he is really smart– may not be able to show it, yet, but it’s in there!  It’s a magical feeling. I am … Continue reading

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Giving babies (and toddlers) the opportunity to do for themselves!

It was a remarkable scene — to my eyes—though completely unremarkable, it seemed, to the toddlers.  The young children (between 14 and 24 months of age) and their teachers were getting ready for lunch time.  Two children were conscientiously putting … Continue reading

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Babies are people, after all!

As a child psychologist, I thought I already knew that babies were people! But, then I had lots of opportunity to watch infants over the past several years working in a Montessori school.  Watching the infant classrooms, I have been … Continue reading

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