Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Rising Expectations Cost Happiness

In the past few weeks I've written three posts about three psychological processes that rob us of our happiness in family life. The first of these was habituation, the second was the unpleasantness of reality, and the third was unfavourable social comparison. The fourth psychological process that displaces our positive emotions is rising expectations.

Do you remember what it was like when your child began to walk for the very first time? Those first steps were exhilarating.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Teaching Your Child Resilience

Cross-posted from kidspot

The school years present children with countless challenges, setbacks, failures, and general difficulties. Resilient children withstand the pressures that school provides more effectively than children who are not resilient.

Resilience is being able to ‘bounce back’ from difficult times, setbacks, and other significant challenges. It includes being able to deal effectively with pressure, and get through tough times with good outcomes.

Parents play a substantial role in the development of resilience in their children. The following eight tips outline the most effective things you can do to raise resilient kids.