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Rules of communication, or a waterfall of kindness
It often happens that we, adults, talk about good deeds, teach children to communicate with each other correctly. At the same time, children are well introduced into the conversation, they…

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Interruption in communication with the child: a soothing timeout
Sometimes children do not obey us, and they have to be punished. A timeout is one of the humane options for punishment; in reality, it is interruption of contact with…

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When a child lies to you
There are children who are inclined to lie, and there are children who are not inclined to lie. It seems that in many ways they are born like this: it…

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Breaking up a relationship as a way to overcome a conflict with a child

Then and just then – a “two-step technique” from the yard of my childhood.
– The situation is at an impasse! – you acknowledge and declare. – I did this and that, it does not help, and we all see it! It only gets worse and worse! Therefore, for starters, I just stop doing everything that I did (a). Explicitly, simply agreeing with all adult family members (they are probably tired of conflicts no less than yours). And honestly Continue reading

Bravo my dear

“It’s not you who decides where we are going. Parents decide, ”the French are strict in raising their children. The authority of the elders is unshakable. The child is not the “center of the Universe,” he adapts to the rules accepted in society: he and the adults line up in the store and in the toilet, calmly dine with his parents in a restaurant and are in no hurry to leave the table. Playrooms for children in restaurants are a rarity in Continue reading

Children know everything, but do not. What to do?

This article is addressed to those parents who are not indifferent to their children and are thinking about how to properly educate them. Throughout my parenting experience (I have three children, 4, 7 and 9 years old), I have been collecting bit by bit information about education – books, the Internet, and stories of experienced parents.
Gradually, I accumulated a solid baggage of knowledge, techniques and practical experience in interacting with children. Mostly it worked well, Continue reading

My kids on Forbes lists

Esther Wojicki (Woj) – a famous American teacher, deputy chairman of the Creative Commons advisory board, worked as a Google education consultant, and has been teaching journalism at a high school in Palo Alto for 36 years. Woj is also known as the most famous mother of Silicon Valley, who raised the three most successful women in the United States. The Wojdicki family is sometimes lovingly called the “royal authority of Silicon Valley.” Esther’s pioneering teacher Continue reading

How to raise a successful person

When we learned that Mom was publishing a book, we decided that it was for us, her children, to write a preface about how it feels when your mother is “Madame WOJ”. WOJ is just an affectionate nickname coined by our mom’s students decades ago; but it has entrenched both in her and in her methodology, based on self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, cooperation and cordiality – universal values ​​that this book will tell you about.
Our life is full of surprises, from a career on Google, YouTube, 23andMe and the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco to a very non-trivial task – to raise our own children, and we have nine of them for three. In every fate there are black and white stripes, ups and downs, and a person’s ability to adapt and flourish in any situation largely depends on his parents.
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What to do so that parental exactingness does not cause a child to protest?
The fact that parental exactingness is necessary, reasonable people understand, but many have a justifiable fear: Will the exactingness of parents cause a negative result in the long term? There…

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My kids on Forbes lists
Esther Wojicki (Woj) - a famous American teacher, deputy chairman of the Creative Commons advisory board, worked as a Google education consultant, and has been teaching journalism at a high…

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Is it possible to raise children without resorting to punishment?
Is it possible to raise children without resorting to punishment? Of course, it is possible, but this path is difficult, requiring experience, strength and endurance. It is definitely impossible to…

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What could a 14-year-old boy 100 years ago in Russia?
In peasant families in Russia, children were very early accustomed to responsibility and systematic work: this was both the main issue of upbringing and the key to survival. Moreover, the…

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