Put Fear and Failure in Their Place
Sure, success is great. But what about the perseverance and willingness—not to mention skill—to overcome fear and failure to get there? Isn’t all of THIS worth celebrating, too?
Help Your Child Capitalize on Strengths
As parents, we play the role of detective, constantly working on behalf of our kids to uncover their talents and how they might be used in obvious and not-so-obvious ways.
Encouraging a Game-Worthy Gusto
Video games are big in our house. My husband’s always been a gamer, and our two young boys aren’t too far behind. All of them enjoy the thrill of defeating their virtual opponents while at the same time trying to outsmart the pitfalls placed along their paths. While I sat on the couch one day […]
Differences, difficulties and weaknesses are a part of us all, but they needn’t define us. In a world so eager to slap labels on everyone for a multitude of reasons, it’s exceedingly important to teach our kids not to put too much stock in these labels or to focus too intently on differences. Otherwise, the […]
The Wonderful World of Weakness
Perhaps the truth is we’ve been doing our kids a great disservice all along. Maybe it’s been those who love them the most that have been setting them up for the greatest fall. The truth is many of us haven’t been truthful with our children at all. In an effort to build our kids up, […]
Help Your Child Build a Better Self
It’s a shame. Many kids don’t know how to appreciate their uniqueness. They don’t understand how truly special they are because they’re working too hard to fit in. As adults, standing out from the crowd is often a positive thing. We opt for uniquely styled clothing. We enjoy a quirky, off-beat sense of humor. We […]
The Cortisol Connection
Ever experience a “deer in the headlights” moment? You quite literally freeze. For whatever reason, fear completely paralyzes you. You can’t think. You can’t speak. Good or bad, you can’t even seem to even react. Now imagine that feeling while simultaneously trying to do something very important, a task you have to do, all while […]
Fixed Versus Growth Mindset
Ever since I was little, I’ve loved dice. It started with the translucent red dice that came with our family Yahtzee game. Don’t know why, but I was drawn to them. I loved the way they looked. I enjoyed rolling them across the dining table. I liked counting the little white pips on each side. […]