Effectively Countering Negativism

Without a doubt, the favorite word of a child starting at a year-and-a-half to two years of age is “No!”  Whatever request is made or instruction issued by mother and father is likely to be met with a defiant refusal.  This is what is referred to as “negativism,” and it is perfectly normal at this stage of development. Continue reading

Development and Decision-Making

I always give my parents plenty of credit for doing the best they could, especially give what they had to work with.  However, my one serious criticism (and source of lasting resentment) concerns the fact that they required me to take violin lessons for 10 long years – from the age of 4 to the age of 14. Continue reading

The Importance of Imagination and Creativity

It is clear that the children enrolled in music, art, and adventure classes at Romp n’ Roll are developing high levels of imagination and creativity.  However, while imagination and creativity are “nice,” are they really “necessary”?  After all, schools consider imaginative and creative programs as “extra-curricular” and those programs are the first things to be cut whenever there is a budget crisis. Continue reading

Accommodating Curiosity

I remember getting into a lot of trouble in school whenever the teacher asked me to look up a word in the dictionary.  She would get angry because it took me about three hours to do it.  The problem was that as I was looking for the word she told me to find, I would come across all these other fascinating words that I didn’t know and wanted to learn. Continue reading

Interactional Synchrony

In developmental psychology, the term “interactional synchrony” refers to a parent responding to her infant’s behavioral and affective signals in an accurate and appropriate fashion.  Good interactional synchrony is associated with optimal developmental progress in many areas from emotional stability to self-regulation to language.  Continue reading