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I realize I'm 3 years too late, but I thought I'd post my experience here to help others in the future. My kid is 5 years old and couldn't pedal her 16" Giant-brand bike (with training wheels.) The bike is really well made -- with high quality training wheels, too -- so the method I describe here might not work with other bikes. First time on the bike, ...


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One custom we had at my house was that there were many manners to learn at the dinner table. Each violation earned the offender 1 point. At the end of dinner, the two kids with the most points washed and dried the dishes. The one with the least points got to pick which of the two they wanted (wash or dry). Things like "elbows on the table", "talking with ...


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Rewards are a good way to motivate children towards the kinds of behavior you want. Games or traditions which build in rewards work well. An example of this is when I was little I had the tendency to talk non-stop sometimes, which really annoyed my family on long car trips. My family told me that if I was silent and didn't say a word they would get me an ...



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