When my third child was diagnosed (at 13 years-of-age) with Asperger’s an Autism Spectrum Disorder, it was huge wake-up call for me. While I did not like the idea of my son having a label, I realized now I finally had a direction to follow and more importantly, I needed to quickly find a new way to parent. The parenting style that worked so well with my other two children, was sorely lacking when it came to my Aspie son. I read book after book to get ideas, but was quick to learn, there is no magic formula. It was only through trial and error and the patience of Job that I found ways to calm him, when he had a melt down, or got him to communicate, when he shut down for days at a time and refused to talk to anyone. There is a saying by Maya Angelou – “When you know better you do better” and that my friends is parenting in a nutshell.
That is not to say that, there isn’t’ any beneficial parenting resources out there. Sometimes you are lucky enough to come across a really great article or book that resonates with you and just makes sense. That is why I wanted to write a review for Teach Your Kids to Think: Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day by Maria Chesley Fisk Ph.D. It makes sense and if you use these easy to implement tools with your children you will be giving them a real head-start in life.
In her book ( I picked up the Kindle version) the author discusses how there is much more to intelligence than just IQ and in fact there are multiple intelligences : Analytical, Creative, Social and Emotional and Practical. and then goes into detail how you as a parent can help your child develop each of these important skills. She provides you with techniques and activities you can easily implement into your daily interactions with your child, to really get them thinking and bonus – she makes it fun 🙂 We at KidsGoals believe that if you can make learning fun, your child is more apt to want to learn. These techniques will also work well for all ages, as the activities can easily be adapted based on the age and ability of your child.
The author also discusses the importance of having a “Growth Mindset” rather than a fixed mindset. The difference being as quoted by the author “People with a growth mindset are inclined to welcome challenges and to learn from their mistakes rather than to be overly discouraged by them. People who take the other approach, a fixed mindset, believe they can change in only limited ways.” Instilling a growth mindset in your child fosters a can-do attitude that, combined with hard work, can lead to the successful achievement of many important tasks.”
Another aspect that we like is that the book is a quick read and written in a clear and concise manner without bogging down the reader with technical jargon .
KidGoals gives Teach Your Kids to Think: Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day by Maria Chesley Fisk Ph.D.a big thumbs up and highly recommends it to our readers.