Cataloging Their Life
- Once you have a child, create an email for them. Write them an email as often as you like as they age. You can attach photos and videos for them in the mail also. It can be a great birthday gift for when they turn 16 or 18.
- Verbally mention dates in your children’s home videos
- You may also use apps like 1SecondEveryday to chronicle and splice together videos of your children.
Teaching Them To Read A Bike
Make sure their feet can touch the ground if they’re sitting down on the bike. Tell them to begin to move the bike forward by pushing their feet against the ground (IOW, tell them to “walk themselves along on the bike.”) They will become very familiar with the momentum balance very quickly. Then, simply tell them to lift their feet and begin to pedal when they’re ready to. The classic style of teaching your kid to ride that we’re all familiar with – your hand gripping their seat and the other on the handle bar and you begin to push them to gain momentum and tell them to “keep pedaling,” is, in my experience, relatively ineffective. Using this method, your child will learn in under five minutes and you won’t have to touch them or the bike at all. This is very simple.
Taking Them Out
- Before going to a crowded area with your small children, take a picture of them before heading out the door. If they get lost, you can show people the picture in the clothes/costumes they are wearing.
- Don’t Praise Ability Or Intelligence: That promotes a fixed mindset. Compliment effort, process and choices.
- Don’t Ignore Outcome, Tie It To Effort: You can be happy when your kid succeeds, but attribute it to effort.
- Respond Positively To Failure: They need to know that failure isn’t bad, it’s a tool for improving.
- Don’t Just Say “Try Hard.” Help Kids Set Goals: Blind repetition doesn’t work. Help kids strategize.
- Teach Growth Mindset In All Areas Of Life: There’s no area where they cannot improve with hard work.
- Talk To Your Kids About Your Own Growth Mindset Efforts: Practice it yourself and share your results.