“If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance. Children must learn to identify the forms and content of those traits.”
William J. Bennett
I am many things. Wife. Mother. Recovering chocoholic. Educational researcher. Book-lover. Writer. Aspiring minimalist. Scientific translator. Dreamer.
Much of my life has been devoted to education. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and a Masters and Ph.D. in educational research. Yet the one thing I can say with certainty is that parenting isn’t easy for any of us.
I believe parents must learn to trust their instincts and educate in ways that feel right for them and their children. I also believe, however, that we parents have much to gain from the evidence-based educational research out there.
This blog focuses on promoting “intentional parenting”. It does not pretend to have all the answers and it will not provide you with a set of rules to follow. I believe that when it comes to educating children, there are no hard-and-fast rules.
As a parent and researcher in education, I transform educational research into practical tools and resources.
I present evidence-based information in the most objective way possible. I try to be as objective as possible. Some theories may resonate with you, others may not, and that’s ok. I provide the evidence, and then let you choose what to do with it. When it comes to parenting, there is no “one-size-fits-all” model.
I focus on the available evidence-based information that has been proven to prepare children for successful adulthood and share it with you: self-respect and respect for others, confidence, self-reliance, emotional intelligence, independence, altruism, open-mindedness, resilience, well-being...
In this blog:
- You’ll find evidence-based content and specific and practical activities to encourage “intentional parenting”.
- You’ll find valuable resources to help you participate more actively in your kids’ education.
- You’ll find book reviews of major books on education and parenting.
Don’t try to “fit into” a theory – read, ponder, ask, then do what works for you.
I believe we have much to learn from each other and I sincerely hope you’ll join me on this journey.
I’d love to hear about your experiences so please contact me directly or leave a comment.
I’ll be happy to help if you have any specific questions about your child’s education. And I will strive to provide you with a research-backed response translated into concrete actions.
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Sanya Pelini, Ph.D.
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