The Innovative Dad

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

New Page on Site: Mindfulness Resources

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

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

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...

Functional Fixedness in Parenting: A Candle Problem

Functional Fixedness in Parenting: A Candle Problem

Imagine you are sitting at a table pushed against the wall. On the table, are a box of thumbtacks, matches, and candle. Your task is to attach the candle to the wall so that the wax won’t drip on the table or the floor. How would you solve this problem?Did you come up...

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