Why it’s best not to use babyish language with young children

One of my many favourite topics when talking about Child Development is the best type of language to use with your children to encourage their holistic progression, and equip them for future success. The main reason I am so passionate about this particular topic is because I do hear a lot of, please excuse the [...]

“Green Family Team” – How Recycling Adds to Children’s Holistic Development and thus the Success of Your Family Team: Perhaps Donald Trump Should Read This!

I was inspired to write this after reading an article in Healthy magazine about the real probabilities of a food crisis caused by the effects of extreme weather on food supply. The article puts forward at the very beginning that; “…global warming and our irresponsible eating habits could lead to food vanishing from the shops.” [...]

Teaching Your Kids Empathy Through Physical Affection

It's a very well-known fact that hormones in the body can create certain emotions and reactions that will govern how people treat one another. Testosterone is typically associated with aggression, while its opposing antagonist, oxytocin, grants a calmer, more laid back feeling that allows people to experience a much more relaxed and calmer state of [...]

Modeling Empathy for Your Child

Kids tend to learn a great deal from their parents concerning empathy and the capacity to treat others with respect and kindness. When they are allowed to show how they feel they can form more secure attachments that can allow them to become caring, empathetic adults later on in life. This is why it is [...]

Encouraging Empathy by Setting Ethical Expectations

Raising children who are kind and care about others is a top priority for many parents. We accomplish this by instilling empathy within them -the ability to recognize and respond to another person’s emotions from that person’s perspective. But, too often, the message that we think we are conveying to our kids isn’t the message [...]

Teaching Kids to Appreciate the Differences Between People

The role of empathy in a person's life is too often quantified when speaking in terms of how big of a heart a person has or how many people the try to help. Whether a child has empathy for one person or many isn't the real issue. The concern that any parent should be thinking [...]

Don’t want to raise a psychopath? Be sensitive to a child’s distress

How do you stop a child, especially one who has experienced significant adversity, from growing up to be a psychopath? Responsive, empathetic caregiving – especially when children are in distress – helps prevent boys from becoming callous, unemotional adolescents, according to a new Tulane University study of children raised in foster care.   The research, [...]

Maternal Depression Across the First Years of Life Impacts Children’s Neural Basis of Empathy

Exposure to early and chronic maternal depression markedly increases a child’s susceptibility to psychopathology and social-emotional problems, including social withdrawal, poor emotion regulation, and reduced empathy to others. Since 15-18% of women in industrial societies and up to 30% in developing countries suffer from maternal depression, it is of clinical and public health concern to [...]

Forgiveness eBook

Forgiveness has emerged as a leading topic of interest on Yellowbrick, with a growing wealth of content in our Forum. This eBook is a compilation of our best web content addressing forgiveness. Several of the articles are written by author and educator, Dr. Amy Alamar -- the instructor of Yellowbrick's "Forgiveness" online parenting course. Many [...]

Empathy helps children to understand sarcasm

The greater the empathy skills of children, the easier it is for them to recognize sarcasm, according to a study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology.   For children, sarcastic language can be difficult to understand. They generally begin to recognize sarcasm between ages 6 and 8, especially familiar sarcastic praise such as "Thanks [...]