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Kids and Risk Taking Babies and toddlers naturally take risks. Watch any toddler navigate through a room and every step is an invitation to connect with the ground. They wobble. They stumble. They totter, while the adults excitedly cheer them on.  We instinctively know that they have to make mistakes and learn how to get…

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How can you help a perfectionist child? Is your child a perfectionist? Do they put more pressure on themselves to succeed than you do? Does he become hysterical when he misses one question on a test or doesn’t make the highest grade? Does she collapse into tears when she strikes out at bat or misses…

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How to learn from failure Remember a major disappointment or failure from you own childhood? Trying out for a team or a group and not making the cut? Not getting included in a party invitation or missing out on a special occasion? Losing  a friendship or a loved one? Bet you remember the details of…

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Tapping into the Creative Spirit Wonder how to encourage children to be creative? Do you find students are more and more dependent on adults and technology for inspiration and ideas? Here are five ways to encourage creativity in  kids without breaking the bank: Play–Every kid (and adult) needs playtime.  Much of our modern day life tends…

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Developing Skills to Handle Disappointment We all face disappointment, children and adults alike.  Whether it’s missing the winning shot or rain that ruins a picnic at the park, life is full of big and little disappointments.  As parents and teachers we would like to spare kids from these letdowns.  However, we can do children a greater service…

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children who feel entitled Ever wonder how we could wind up with a whole generation of kids who feel entitled? Entitled to good grades without having to work and study for them. Entitled to a spot on the team or in the organization without having to practice and prove themselves. Entitled to success without having to…

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