character development

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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The secret to helping students develop grit

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Kids and Grit You are barely into the school year and already you have a sense about which students will be successful and which ones will be slackers… don’t you? Are you usually right? How do you know?  What are the characteristics of the children who stay the course and succeed? How are they different…

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What if failure is really a gift?

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A student in PE is playing a game and misses the ball. She stomps off the field, tears in her eyes. While doing an assignment, a student can’t figure out the answer to a math problem. He crumples up his entire paper in frustration and slams the book closed.  Not a chance of re-directing or…

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3 steps to helping kids develop self-discipline

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Kids and Self-discipline Will power, self-discipline and productive habits are always the buzz words for the Olympics. Ask any Olympic gold medal winner to what they attribute their success and I guarantee these words will come up over and over.  No one is going to say they won the gold by having a lackadaisical attitude,…

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