Tag: communication
Encouraging them to collaborate at home
July 14, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

We know that childhood education must be based on preparing our children to become responsible and independent. And a good way to do so is by encouraging them to collaborate at home. Not only does this help them value what taking acre of a house entails but it also makes them feel part of the team. Today, we´d like to tell you how to start teaching them to collaborate by playing in their own home.

How to help kids overcome shyness
July 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

When kids turn six, they generally begin to feel shy. Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, an elementary teacher at Wheelock College in Boston, assures us that “at that age, kids start to become conscious of who they are and how they are seen by others and, being different, sometimes leads them to feeling shy.”  Besides, when they start a new level at school, they face new rules and challenges. But there is no need to worry. Feeling bashful or shy is a positive symptom (it indicates their personal standards of development).  The only thing we need to do as parents is teach them how to overcome it. Here are the most frequent situations they´ll face and some advice on how to help them.

How to Become a Team
February 18, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Each person is different and we have our own points of view, which is precisely what makes us unique. Depending on the way we were educated, with our values, goals in life, traditions and customs, our opinions on how to raise our children many times differs from our partners´ perspective. The problem is not whether we have differences but how they are expressed in front of our children. Recent studies prove there is a direct relationship between our children´s behaviour and our disagreements. Keep reading to discover how to raise your children by being a team and the dangers of not doing it.

Teaching our kids to be respectful
January 9, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Have you ever felt your children talk to you disrespectfully? They don´t listen, say things like: “Don´t nag at me” or “I don´t care” and sometimes insult you or verbally express their anger. This form of behaviour obviously implies a lack of respect but it also harms your relationship and the way you communicate to each other. The key is to discover whether it’s your children challenging you or they behave in accordance to what they´ve learned. It could even be both. In any case, teaching our children to be respectful ever since they´re young is the first step you must take to avoid reaching this type of situations.

5 questions about school you should ask your kids every day
November 5, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

We usually ask our children how their day went at school. Their answer varies according to the day but more often than not, we just get a simple “Good” in response.  As parents, we either insist when we hear this answer or simply let it go. But we might not be asking them the right question.  Being interested in their day-to-day activities at school, is a great way to get them motivated to talk but if we don´t teach them to express their feelings, they will probably stick to their one word answer: Good, Bad, OK… So we wanted to give you some advice on how to get  your children to give you the ins and outs of their day.

7 reasons not to spank your kids
September 17, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Spanking, slapping, insulting or mocking a child was something “normal” way back when. But was it good? In recent years, psychology studies, such as this one at the University of Manitoba in Canada, published by, have proven that children who are punished with physical and verbal violence risk developing mental disorders such as anxiety, depression or personality dysfunction. The truth of the matter is that our children can sometimes make us lose our patience and although we might believe that punishing them is the way to go, here are 7 reasons that might convince you not to. In the end you decide. Should we punish them or think of other alternatives?

How to Control their Temper Tantrums in Public
July 28, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

All parents fret the temper tantrum moment in public. Child psychologists believe children don’t always have temper tantrums because they want to manipulate you or because they’re bad. Children usually have temper tantrums because they have no other way to vent their frustrations. They don’t have the necessary vocabulary to explain how and why they are feeling. So, the next time your child has a temper tantrum in public, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Has your Princess turned into a Diva?
July 9, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Like adults, each child is different. Shy, brave, optimists, methodical, disorganized, fearful and fearless, timid, extroverts… These personality traits help define who we are and are generally rooted in our own genetics, environmental factors and the direct influence of our parents. Some children, however, have personalities that seem to come from “nowhere” as they are surprisingly different form our own. There are cases of extroverted parents with very shy children and vice-versa: children who look to stand out having parents who´d rather be a few step behind the limelight. But what happens if being the star starts to turn into arrogance or bossiness? If your princess is turning into a diva, here are some suggestions on to how to handle it wisely.