parenting lessons: recent publications

What You Can Do To Help When Mistakes Upset Your Kids

Whatever happened to their endless curiosity that overcame the fear and frustration of mistakes?From infancy, young brains need to make sense of their world in order to survive. Innate curiosity is critical to promote this exploration and it unconsciously drives behavior.

Through exploration, children gradually construct neural networks of categories (patterns, schema). Through more exploration and experience these networks expand to accommodate greater detail.

These networks fine-tune in response to mistakes (incorrect predictions based on existing information) as they make more accurate connections between what is experienced (sensory input) compared to what was predicted. This continues without conscious awareness.All too soon after