Child Development Quotes

Stanly Turecki on Influences on Child Development

Nature, we are starting to realize, is every bit as important as nurture. Genetic influences, brain chemistry, and neurological development contribute strongly to who we are as children and what we become as adults. For example, tendencies to excessive worrying or timidity, leadership qualities, risk taking, obedience to authority, all appear to have a constitutional aspect. Stanley Turecki

Stanley Turecki on Disciplining Children

How can you tell if you discipline effectively? Ask yourself if your disciplinary methods generally produce lasting results in a manner you find acceptable. Whether your philosophy is democratic or autocratic, whatever techniques you use – reasoning, a ‘star’ chart, time-outs, or spanking – if it doesn’t work, it’s not effective. Stanley Turecki

Stanley Turecki on the Need for Restraint

Excessive attention, even if it’s negative, is such a powerful ‘reward’ to a child that it actually reinforces the undesirable behavior. You need to learn restraint, to respond to far fewer situations, to ask yourself questions like, ‘Is this really important?’ ‘Could I let this behavior go?’ ‘What would happen if I just wait?’ ‘Could I lose by doing nothing?’ Stanley Turecki