Entries by Beyond Intelligence

Getting Along with Others: Supporting Children’s Social Intelligence

Children and teens can experience social challenges at any point during the school year. Social context—including opportunities for interaction and collaboration with others—makes an enormous difference in what and how much children learn, and how quickly that happens. People who are able to get along well with others do better in academic, personal, and professional […]

Back to School Challenge: Enter to Win!

 We’re giving away 48 author-signed copies of Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids to schools across Canada and the United States. We invite parents and teachers to send us an email addressing the topic, “How my school will benefit from Beyond Intelligence.” Many groups of parents and teachers have used Beyond Intelligence to […]

How Parents Can Help Their Child Build Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is a worthwhile goal for parents to hold for their kids, and while parents are right to think they can have an impact on their kids’ developing self-confidence, there are two widespread misconceptions that can stand in the way of that: Misconception # 1. People are either confident or insecure. In reality, very few […]

Helping Kids Thrive in Middle School or High School: Parenting through Opportunity and Challenge

So much is changing all at once for teenagers—their bodies, feelings, brains, perspectives, identities, relationships with others, and more. During early adolescence most kids begin to spend more time with friends than with family. They can appear to reject their parents’ values, and seem not to need or want much by way of their parents’ […]

Make It a Happy Start to School: Our Top 10 Secrets

As children think about starting back to school, they often have questions, and so do their parents. Here are some ideas that will ease your child’s return to the classroom at the end of the summer. Plan ahead for the basics. Make sure your child has what he needs for school success: the necessary supplies, […]

Intelligence, IQ, Tests, and Assessments: What Do Parents Need to Know? What Should They Tell Their Kids?

What is intelligence? Do IQ tests measure it? What can parents expect by way of results and interpretation? What should parents tell their kids about the results?  How do test results help in deciding on an educational program? These are some of the thorny questions parents ask us about testing and their kids. It’s a […]

Beyond Intelligence for Book Clubs and Discussion Groups

Beyond Intelligence works well for different kinds of book clubs and discussion groups. For example, Oscar Peterson Public School in Mississauga is running a series of lunchtime meetings around the book. Toby Molouba, who coordinates this group of teachers, tells us their meetings are generating enthusiasm and stimulating lots of discussion in the community. You’ll […]

Reading to Kids: Ten Reasons It Matters, Ten Ways to Do It

“There’s nothing quite as powerful as listening to a child, reading to her, communicating with her, and staying attuned to her individual needs.” (Beyond Intelligence, page 1) The American Academy of Pediatrics is now asking 62,000 pediatricians across the United States to talk to parents about the importance of reading to their kids, starting from […]