The Innovative Dad

A psychologist’s blog about raising and educating children through the lens innovation.

Summer Choices

There is never a bad time during the year to help your children develop their independence and learn some self-management skills. In fact, the summer might be the best time of year because it lacks so much of the structure that the rest of the year provides. And...

Getting Your School Routine Started in the Summer

I know that it probably seems weird to be thinking about your school routine right now. Most parents are celebrating the end of the school year and the struggle to get kids to do homework or get them out the door in time. So why should we be thinking about our school...

New Page on Site: Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and in the moment. It encourages us to be intensely aware of what we are doing, feeling, and sensing. Mindfulness practices can help us become more attentive and ease our stress. Check out this curated list of resources...

The Power, or Lack Thereof, of the Apology

How many times have you asked your child to apologize to someone else for his or her behavior? “David, please tell Sarah that you are sorry for hitting her.” “Julie, please go and apologize to Emily for being mean.” I’m sure that we could all think of a million...

New Page on Site: Anxiety Resources

Anxiety is a natural emotion, but too much of it can interfere with our ability to live our lives in a meaningful way. For children, anxiety can manifest as nervousness, fear, or even anger. Helping them manage their anxiety and learn to deal with it is an important...

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