The Importance of Acknowledging Your Childs Efforts Not Just the End Product

Harold Stevenson, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, conducted several intensive cross-national studies to answer a question many Americans ask, Why do Asian students do better academically than American students After hundreds of hours observing students in the United States, China, Taiwan, and Japan and interviewing their teachers, the researchers reached a conclusion a critical key lies in what parents affirm about their children's learning. Asian parents strongly...

Mother Who Teaches Values Inspires Character

What Real Mothers Know Understand Your Family's Values So Your Children Can Live Them What Really Matters for Mothering Be Intentional The Real Benefit for Kids Empathy, Strong Character, and a Moral Compass The Lesson a Real Mother Teaches There's something about being a mom that makes us want to do everything possible for our kids. Well, why not Don't we hope that our children will have every opportunity for happiness and success That's why we're so brilliant at packing in all those special...

She Never Gave Up

The best thing to spend on children is your time. Greg Mattlin's parents were divorced when he was fourteen years old. His mother, Sara, worked as producer for a talk radio show in the Midwest. I want to tell their story myself because Sara told it to me personally, and it touched me so deeply. Regardless of where we live, how many kids we have, or whether we're a married mom, single mom, stepparent, or foster mom, all we parents share one common wish a happy, loving family. Deep down, we also...

Real Moms Resource Guide

Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, by Thomas Armstrong (New York Putnam, 1993). This book includes more than three hundred practical suggestions showing parents how they can play a pivotal role in helping their children realize their true gifts. Bringing Out the Best in Your Child, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias and Carol Funk (Ann Arbor, Mich. Servant Publications, 1997). The authors describe eighty ways to focus on developing your children's unique strengths. From the Heart On Being the Mother...

Chapter Three Why Being a Sacrificial Mom Is Bad for Your Kids

U.S. surgeon general warns that 13 percent of kids nine to seventeen suffer from anxiety disorders C. Kalb, Troubled Souls, Newsweek, Sept. 22, 2003, p. 69. 43 percent of teens feel stress every day survey conducted in 2003 by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions Drunk Driving cited in P. J. Kiger, 'What's Wrong with This Picture ' Ladies Home Journal Special Report (Part Four) The Stressed-Out American Family, Ladies Home Journal, June 2004, pp. 126-133. 46 percent of...

Bernadette Defontes

Introduction What Is a Real Mom 1 Part One how Can a ReaL Mom Give Her ChiLdren Love That Lasts for Always 17 Chapter One From the Sacrificial Mom to the Child Who Can Thrive Without You 19 Chapter Two What Is a Real Mom These Days 23 Chapter Three Why Being a Sacrificial Mom Chapter Four Can Our Kids Make It on Their Own 45 Real Mom's Secret 1 A Mother Who Loves Real Mom's Secret 2 A Mother Who Is Firm and Fair Gives Her Children a Moral Code to Live By 77 Real Mom's Secret 3 A Mother Who...