"Homework: Mothers share how they apply at home what they learned at BYU." BYU Magazine Spring 2010
"Maternal sensitivity and responsiveness is the strongest, most consistent predictor of strong maternal attachment and children's cognitive and emotional development, " says Jenet Jacob Erickson, an assistant professor in BYU's School of Family Life, "Children with secure maternal attachments are more likely to have positive peer interactions, as well as more positive emotions, social behaviors, and exploratory behaviors."
I'm not worried about the attachment part, but I know I need to work on sensitivity and responsiveness.
Another quote I enjoyed and read to sporty-and-grumpy-about-playing-piano-Spelee:
"A law-enforcement major with minors in psychology and sociology, Sheri Denney, was fascinated by the relationship between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and wrote about the topic for a psychology class. She learned in her research that strengthening the right side of the brain through artistic endeavors, such as learning to play a musical instrument, had been linked to academic and athletic success."
On getting cooperation: "Amber Barlow Dahl learned a technique that has come in handy at home: when you give a sales pitch, you should nod your head. Customers will subconsciously nod along with you, and this physical signal of agreement makes them more inclined to accept the pitch. She uses this technique when making a 'pitch' to one of her six children--like convincing her 3-year-old it's time to put on his pajamas. 'It works like a charm,' she says."