Category - Temperaments

A Beautiful Mind: The Introvert

Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Temperaments

“I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork … for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding.” — Albert Einstein I recall a conversation a few years back between two carpooling mothers.One was complaining about a particular female child in her carpool, who, in her eyes, was “not a morning person” and with whom she found it difficult to “engage” and “connect.” This mother said this child was “quiet,” even moody. It bothered her that this child… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on May 5, 2014

Is That Me Yelling?

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Temperaments

Parents, you are not alone! If you find yourself yelling at your kids most days, it’s time to understand more about why you yell and what to do about it. Maybe you were raised by a yeller, and you can’t seem to kick the habit of letting your feelings spill out and land on your kids. Or perhaps you’re stressed and have temporarily misplaced your compassion, kindness, and gratitude. Or you may be raising a spirited child, who is destined to be an entrepreneur or lawyer, but is not so good at remembering to follow the family rules. Yelling happens… Continue Reading


Posted by Rona Renner on January 27, 2014

Is This My Child? Parents Place Helps Parents Succeed

Temperaments

“How can our son be so different from us?” asked Marsha, who describes herself and her husband, Ben, as bookish geeks. “Everyone in our family is quiet and reflective,” she said. “It’s as if Jack, our son, landed from another planet.” Energetic, loud, and impulsive, 7-year-old Jack became hard to contain at home, often intimidating his 11-year-old sister. But he was even more challenging at school, where his teachers told Marsha and Ben that they needed to seek help if they wanted him to remain there. “He was acting out constantly,” says Marsha. “We chose Parents Place for help, and… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on October 10, 2013

A Modest Proposal: A Preschool Satire*

Discipline & Behavior
Raising Boys
Raising Girls
Temperaments

The Huffington Post recently reported that an unnamed preschool moved to ban superhero play because some children were getting hurt from their dangerously overactive imaginations. I humbly offer a solution to this intractable problem. It has come to my attention over the past decade of working in early childhood that boys present a unique problem in the preschool setting. Active boys get into a wide variety of mischief, they play rough, they ram toy cars together to the point of breakage, and they insist on donning superhero capes and pretending they have imaginary powers. This can be a serious distraction… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on September 23, 2013

Toddlers and Strong Emotions — Hitting, Biting, Pushing, Yelling: How to Handle Our Little Neanderthals

Discipline & Behavior
Temperaments
Toddlers

I recently got a great question from a member of our parent community about her toddler. Has something like this ever happened to you? Question: Our 2 year old son has recently started hitting himself in the face and banging his head on the floor during tantrums. It’s happened when we didn’t have more pasta to give him, when he wanted another book before bed, and when it was time to put his sleep sack on. We’ve tried to explain that it’s okay to be frustrated and angry, but hitting hurts. What can we do to help him demonstrate his… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on April 30, 2013

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