Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

front cover of Punished by Rewards, book review at LisaNalbone.com

This book makes me want to get on a soapbox and shout: read this! I want us to take a look at how we use praise, rewards, power, control and coercion, even inadvertently, on a daily basis.  I want us to have the courage to take steps to make changes that will truly help our … Read moreBook Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

  Jane Andraka is warm, funny, and down-to-earth mom, who happens to be, according to Forbes magazine, “a genius at raising brilliant kids.” Her sons Luke and Jack have been taking the science and engineering world by storm, while still in their teens. Her younger son Jack developed a break-through, simple test for pancreatic cancer … Read moreParenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

Talking with Amy Walker, 2013 Thiel Fellow Chris Walker’s Mom

Link to the beginning of the interview series here. Christopher Walker is a video game designer, programmer, and artist. After leaving college to start a software company, he created a game designed to improve spatial cognition. As a Thiel Fellow, Chris will focus on developing interactive software to teach technical skills like programming, music, and … Read moreTalking with Amy Walker, 2013 Thiel Fellow Chris Walker’s Mom

Words from Frances Zomer, aka Thiel Fellow Chris Olah’s Mom

Interview with Frances Zomer, aka Thiel Fellow Chris Olah's mom LisaNalbone.com

Who knew…

  • That your baby could speak in complete sentences before 18 months?
  • That you could have a baby that preferred household appliances to toys?
  • That at four your toddler would ask questions, as most four year olds do, but supply his/her own detailed answers, such as, “Where does that sod grass come from?” The “mommy answer” is, “From a farm sweetie.” Apparently this wasn’t good enough and 4 year old Chris constructed his own theory, “For you to understand, picture your cookie sheets, only deeper and longer. They are in a greenhouse. They put soil in the trays and then grow the grass and roll them up.”


What’s a parent to do?

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