Help your child find joy in effort

Sometimes effort and hard work gets a bad reputation. We are prone to thinking that if we have to work hard at a particular task or activity, we're not 'good' at the activity. We assume that effortless mastery is the ideal situation. However, mastery of whatever we...

Create a Learning Environment at Home

Today’s tip for building intrinsic motivation with your kids is to create a learning environment at home. What does a learning environment look like? This is a space where play and learning intersect. Make sure that your kids have access to items which stimulate...

Parenting Styles and Autonomy

Today as we explore autonomy, Dr. Jen shares a few insights into the environment that you’re creating with your parenting style. Most of us tend to parent somewhere between autonomy-supportive and a more controlled environment. How does your child feel disclosing...

Watch Out for Perceived Unfairness

When we look at the data from the classroom, we see that students who perceive a teacher as unfair are more likely to have aggressive bullying-type behaviours. A child who perceives an unfair situation does not feel in control. They will go out looking for control...

Learn Your Own Brain

Download a PDF of this infographic by clicking HERE. This week, teach your children to learn about their own brains and what makes them function at their best. For some, it might be more quiet through the day. For others, they need to move their bodies more to stay...

Feeling out of control? Take a few small actions

One big source of stress in our kid’s lives is when they feel like they don’t have control over what happens. For example, in a fight with a friend or a tough subject at school, part of what is distressing about those situations is a feeling of lacking control. One...