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Raising a Thinking Child

Children as young as 4 years old can learn to think for themselves in ways most of us never thought possible.  By following the evidence based “Raising a Thinking Child program, you can teach young children how to solve problems and resolve daily conflicts; to explore alternative solutions and their consequences; and to consider the feelings of others.  The program will also help shy children to become more assertive and impulsive children to cope with frustration when things don’t go their way.  And of vital importance: the skills children learn through this program can prevent and reduce early behaviors that predict later problems such as violence, substance abuse and depression. This unique program is easy to learn and is a program that children will enjoy.  Raising a Thinking Child offers special dialogues, games and activities and communication techniques designed to respond to children’s problems in a new way—a way that will produce mentally healthy, self-confident, and socially adjusted children!

The goal of the program is to help children get away from using the limbic system of the brain to accessing and using the prefrontal cortex of the brain.  Basically getting them to stop and think instead of just reacting.  Helping them learn to problem solve and increase pro social behaviors.

 

Evaluation of Program in Wisconsin

Changes in Children

  • Increased awareness of their own and others feelings
  • Increase in how they stop, think and then act
  • Increase in finding new ways to solve problems
  • Less arguing with parents, siblings and friends
  • Decrease in chaos in the home
  • Willing to talk to parents about feelings more often
  • Being more cooperative overallChanges in the Ways Parents Parent
    • Asking more questions of their children and less yelling
    • Taking their child’s perspective into account
    • Having more patience and taking time to think
    • Asking their child(ren) about their feelings more and talking

    about feelings more

    Outcomes

    • Reduced aggression
    • Reduced impulsivity
    • Reduced victimization
    • Reduced inhibition & social withdrawal
    • Reduced rejection
    • Increased acceptance
    • Increased pro social behaviors

     

    Value to Community

     

    • Increased social competence
    • Reduced aggression & impulsiveness
    • Reduced costs to society
    • Increased productivity
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