character development

5 easy steps kids can learn to problem solve on their own

How to Empower Kids to Be Problem Solvers  Your best friend won’t sit with you on the bus. You want to watch your favorite show on tv but you have homework to do. Your pesky brother “borrows” your favorite board game and loses some of the pieces. For children and adults, life is full of…

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5 Steps to Growing Up a Confident Child

How do you teach confidence? As parents, educators and other concerned adults, we all want children to grow up and be confident, courageous and successful. Being confident is not a gift. It’s not built into a child’s DNA. Is not something that descends upon you, fully formed. No one wakes up one morning and discovers they are suddenly (thank goodness,…

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4 secret skills that kids need to succeed today

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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3 ways to develop leadership skills in children

Children and Leadership Business leaders today tell us that in the name of creating a generation of children with high self esteem, we’ve created a generation of young adults who believe in themselves but who can’t seem to finish a degree or keep a job. Participation trophies for showing up and endless affirmations of “good…

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Three surprising things NOT to say to kids

Don’t worry, we’ve all said them… There are a lot of common phrases that we as parents and educators rattle off to kids without thinking much about the meaning that could be interpreted behind it. Some of them are things that we’ve even been told we should say.  Here are three things I bet you’ve said…

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Seven secrets to teach your child cooperation

Cooperation is a critical social skill Most parents and teachers would agree that cooperation is a critical skill for life success that requires communication, empathy and respect.  Even young children can begin to learn simple ways to cooperate. Learning to use teamwork at home and in the classroom will eventually serve children well as adults. How…

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