character development

3 Ways to Develop Resilient Kids

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We all know people who have experienced tremendous challenges in their lives. Perhaps you are one of them. Sometimes it is a physical challenge, sometimes it is an environmental challenge and other times it is a mental challenge. After talking with someone about  their personal challenge, I always ask, “What is it that sustains you…

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Surprising research about praise

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How Do You Praise a Child? What a great job you did! You aced this test, you are so smart! The home run you hit saved the day!  You are the best hitter on the team! In this age of positivism, affirmations and intentions, what could possibly be wrong with praising a child?  Turns out…

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Teach girls bravery not perfection

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Girls Need to Learn to be Brave Reshma Saujani is a woman with a mission.  She is on a campaign to change the way that we socialize young girls. Her premise is this: girls are taught to be perfect, while boys are taught to be brave.   How does this happen?  In her effort to…

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The growth mindset and success

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Growth Mindset is the Key to Success Which statement describes what you believe:? You can learn new things but you really can’t change your IQ very much.  Your IQ is something that is just part of your DNA. You can not only learn new things but substantially change how intelligent you are. In her book…

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Taking the Stress out of Holiday Giving

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Holiday Giving and the 5 Love Languages Do you feel like your children or students have a case of the “Christmas gimmies?” Is “no” fast becoming  your most used word during the holiday season? Are you rushed and stressed already about shopping and hosting family events? The holiday season is here and as usual there…

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4 Ways to Help Kids Develop GRIT

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Helping Kids Develop GRIT Has helping children develop GRIT become a goal where we have focused too intently on the end result without spending enough time on the process? In Brene Brown’s book, Rising Strong  she has many insightful recommendations for living a whole-hearted life of courage, compassion and connection.  However, she makes a statement…

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