How to Raise Successful Kids with Unconditional Love

February 02, 2019

Quote of the Week

"When we make the choice to fill our heart space with unconditional love, our worlds blossom into a beauty far greater than we have known." -- Rio Godfrey

How To Raise Successful Kids With Unconditional Love

"By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University in California makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, in this week's featured TED talk, she says they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love."  [watch talk]

Reading Corner

Title: Under Pressure: Putting the Child Back into Childhood
By: Carl Honore
Stage: School-age and older

Why?  "The parent screaming from the touchline at an eight-year-old to make an overlapping run; the pregnant mother playing Mozart to her unborn baby; the rigid schedule for babies, which develops into an agenda of activities for a young child - all these are familiar instances of hyper-parenting. With the pressure growing all the time for children to get into the best schools and universities, or to develop their nascent talents and become the next Tiger Woods or Williams sister, it has never been more difficult to be a child. In Carl Honore's brilliant follow-up to IN PRAISE OF SLOW he makes an impassioned call for parents and teachers to allow children to grow up at a slower rate. He takes us on a journey round the world in search of a new formula for parenting and childhood. He talks to a range of experts and sifts through the latest research to find what problems parents, teachers and children face, and to seek out the best solutions. Honore shows how 'slow parenting' will benefit both the child and the parents, and ensure that we create happier children and calmer parents. " -- Publisher

Be the Change

Reflect on your own habits and tendencies in your role as a mother or father and identify one or two small shifts that you'd like to embrace in your family life to avoid over-parenting or to help put the child back into your kids' childhood.