The holidays are an opportunity to pause and be grateful for family and to reflect on another year coming to an end. By following these five steps, you will focus on what is most important to you, keep things in perspective, and be good to yourself and your family. Learn more in “5 Steps To Managing Stress During the Holidays” on HUFFPOST PARENTS.
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What we say matters. It matters because our kids care what we say (even if they say they don’t), and they internalize the messages they hear from us and incorporate them into their internal sense of self. Learn more from Dr. Dan in “Sometimes Praise Is Exactly the Right Thing for Kids,” on Mom.me, a parenting community focused on motherhood.
Parenting is not about getting it “right” and there is no way to be a “perfect” parent. Parenting humbles us and tests us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. There is no manual for your child or how to best parent her. There is no grading system or report card. Learn more in “5 Steps to Be an Aware Parent” on HUFFPOST PARENTS.
Did you know that there are “types” of parenting styles, and different parenting styles tend to produce different outcomes? Are you parenting like your parents parented you? Are you repeating things you told yourself you would never do to your own child? Learn more in “What Type of Parent Are You?” on HUFFPOST PARENTS.
Dr. Dan Peters offers five things to tell your children post-election, in “Trump Won, Hillary Lost, Now What?” on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY. Now that the election is over we all have to be strong – for our children, for our colleagues, for our country. Don’t let fear win. Choose hope. That way we ALL win.
What did you feel like when you were growing up? Did you feel accepted and understood? Did you feel like an outsider? Did you have people who got you? Did you have a place where you felt you belonged? Our experiences as children guide our parenting beliefs, which determine our parenting behavior. Learn more about how your prior experiences as a child impact your parenting in Dr.
Our children are our greatest teachers. Dr. Dan Peters had his oldest child tested for learning issues — and in an instant, became the same kind of parent as his clients. Learn how focusing on yourself is one of the best things that you can do for your child in “Children With Special Needs Need Special Parents” on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Most of us enter the job of parenthood with no formal training and little preparation. However, we come to the parenting journey with years of personal experiences. These experiences are primarily given to us by our parents, family, and caregivers. Become aware of how your past influences your current parenting skills in “The Art Of Parenting” on HUFFPOST PARENTS.
If you parent a dyslexic child, you know your child thinks differently. I am delighted to feature the incredible Dyslexic Advantage team in this post about the power of self-acceptance and awareness. Read more on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY in “Raising Dyslexic Kids: Self-Awareness and Acceptance.”
My late grandma embodied love and kindness. I found myself quoting Wayne who said, “When you have the choice of being right or wrong, choose kind.” My grandma not only always chose kind, she chose love. She so embodied this concept, that all who knew her lit up when she was around. Here is “Choosing Kindness: Lessons From My Grandmother” on HUFFPOST PARENTS.
Many gifted individuals suffer from anxiety. Learn the truths behind the myths about this common affliction in my piece (with Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.) “The Anxiety Myth: 5 Lies We Believe About Anxiety” for the American MENSA Bulletin, February 2016.
“I am inspired daily by the love and kindness of my grandmother and the life and messages of Wayne Dyer. When you have a choice of being right or wrong, choose kind. Lead with kindness and love. Imagine what our world would be like if we all did this.” Read more in my new article on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY “Choosing Kindness.”
As we professionals / educators / therapists / parents navigate the #gifted and #2e worlds for our children and students, we must not forget the twice-exceptional adults. Read Dr. Dan Peters’ interview with Summit Center colleague Dr. Paula Wilkes on “The Twice-Exceptional Adult” in this post for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Our kids are not learning how to handle disappointment and that a primary parenting goal should be helping our kids learn to handle adversity and the inevitable disappointment of life. Welcome to over-parenting. Read more about “When Overparenting Goes Too Far” in Dr. Dan Peters’ post for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Dr. Dan Peters writes that “”The concept of dyslexia seems to be getting some traction, but we are far from seeing changes in schools and the work place. The dyslexic mind is not yet seen as a valuable resource, and the dyslexic child and adult are still marginalized.” Read the rest in “The Dyslexic Advantage: Our Hidden Revolution” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Dan Peters lists fun things kids can do to bring them back into the mind frame of reading, writing, learning, being curious, critically thinking, engaging in dialogue and just plain moving the body. In “5 Back-to-School Brain Boosters” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Students with real and legitimate diagnoses for learning disabilities (like ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorders, or autistic spectrum disorder) won’t qualify for additional help at school if they are meeting minimum grade level requirements. This means that bright and gifted kids may never receive treatment for their disorder. Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ new piece “Smart-Shaming: Sorry But Your Child Is Too Bright To Qualify for Help” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Many children with learning and processing challenges find the process of taking tests hard. Particularly long tests with lots of work and words can create massive worry and anxiety. Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ article “Managing Test Anxiety in Today’s High Stakes Testing Era” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Dan’s newest post for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY “A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children” encourages parents and educators to ask “What’s Right” instead of “What’s Wrong”; read the post to learn more about one of Summit Center’s important philosophies for working with children and families.
The popular show Parenthood — which recently ended its successful five year run on NBC — was beloved for its heartwarming renditions of life as part of a large family — and for the portrayal of a character with autism spectrum disorder. Read Dr. Dan Peters’ reflections on Parenthood on HUFFINGTON POST and have one last visit with The Bravermans.
“Now he wakes up with a stomachache and says he doesn’t want to go to school. It takes me forever to get him out the door. We are often late. He ends up screaming at me and telling me I am the worst parent ever!” Read Dr. Dan Peters’ new piece about school avoidance and anxiety on HUFFINGTON POST Parents and learn what you can do to help your child.
Dr. Dan Peters talks about how to live purposely in the new year on The HUFFINGTON POST. What will you bring into your life in 2015? We hope his words inspire you as you journey into this new year. Here is a great way to begin: • Accept reality • Make conscious choices • Live intentionally and purposely.
It can be very difficult to understand what is driving your child’s behavior. Why is she acting that way? Why is he always melting down? Why does she avoid doing anything that does not come easily to her? Learn more about how to help your child this year in Dr. Dan Peters’ guest blog post on Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
“All we really have is the present moment — where you are right now and with whom you are with. Give yourself time to think and reflect. Live purposefully. Be in the now and take it all in. Be brave. Have gratitude for what you have. Accept reality. It is all we have.” From “Living Life Now, Even If It Is Temporary,” by Dr.
It’s that time of year! Children are thinking about real monsters, imaginary monsters and yes, The Worry Monster. Worrying can be about anything: about Halloween itself, costumes, confusing social skills — will I be invited with my friends? — to doorbells ringing without warning and over-the-top spooky neighborhoods. Read more about ways to fight holiday fears in Dr. Dan Peters’ piece “This Halloween, Banish The Boo and Conquer The (Worry) Monster!” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Dan Peters’ “Life Elsewhere” interview on NPR / Tampa’s WMNF with Norman B is now available on Stitcher. We hope this discussion of worry, fear, and Ebola (based on Dr. Dan’s HUFFPOST Parents blog) helps your family deal with the fears of the disease spreading.
Whether it is nuclear attack, killer bees, SARS, economic collapse, war or Ebola, there will always be something that can cause worry in young people. Our job as parents is to help our children deal with worrisome information by understanding how they think and process information at this formative time in their lives, and by giving them information they need to manage their thoughts and worries.