• Bringing it All Together - Woodmam

    Bringing it All Together - Woodmam

    We all have hopes and dreams for our children. For most of us, they involve wanting our kids to be happy, healthy, and fully themselves. Our message throughout this book has been that you can help create this reality for your kids by paying attention during the everyday, ordinary experiences you share with them. That means you can use the obvious teachable moments, but...
  • Teach Your Kids About Integrating the Self with the Other - Woodmam

    Teach Your Kids About Integrating the Self with the Other - Woodmam

    Now that you’ve learned a good bit about mindsight, here’s something you can read to your own child to introduce the concept of seeing your own and each other’s minds.Integrating Ourselves: Making Sense of Our Own StoryThe most important “we” in your life as a parent is the relationship you share with your child. That relationship significantly impacts your child’s future. Research studies have...
  • Whole-Brain Strategy #12 - Woodmam

    Whole-Brain Strategy #12 - Woodmam

    Connection Through Conflict: Teach Kids to Argue with a “We” in MindWe might wish we could somehow help our kids avoid all conflict, but we can’t. If they’re going to be in relationships, they’re going to face quarrels and disagreements. We can, though, teach them some basic mindsight skills so they’ll know how to manage conflict in healthy and productive ways, and respond when...
  • Whole-Brain Strategy #11 - Woodmam

    Whole-Brain Strategy #11 - Woodmam

    Increase the Family Fun Factor: Making a Point to Enjoy Each OtherDo you ever feel like you’re spending most of your time either disciplining the kids or carting them from one activity to the next, and not enough time just enjoying being with them? If you do, you’re not alone; most of us feel this from time to time. Sometimes it’s easy to forget...
  • HELPING KIDS BE RECEPTIVE TO RELATIONSHIPS - WOODMAM

    HELPING KIDS BE RECEPTIVE TO RELATIONSHIPS - WOODMAM

    If we want to prepare kids to participate as healthy individuals in a relationship, we need to create within them an open, receptive state, instead of a closed, reactive one. To illustrate, here’s an exercise Dan uses with many families. First he’ll tell them he’s going to repeat a word several times, and he asks them just to notice what it feels like in...
  • OFFERING EXPERIENCES THAT LEAD TO CONNECTION - WOODMAM

    OFFERING EXPERIENCES THAT LEAD TO CONNECTION - WOODMAM

    In addition to modeling good relationships for our kids, we need to prepare them to join with others, so they’ll be capable of becoming a part of a “we.” After all, just because the mind is equipped and designed to connect with others doesn’t mean that a child is born with relationship skills. Being born with muscles doesn’t make you an athlete: you need...
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