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Kids and Rejection You don’t make the team Your friend doesn’t invite you to to the party Your essay, performance, or art work doesn’t win first place Rejection is a part of life, for kids a well as for adults.  I bet we all know adults who never learned to handle rejection or obstacles well.…

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How to help kids cope with failure I’ve written a lot of posts on how to handle failure.  There are several of reasons for this.   As a kid, I don’t know that anyone ever helped me understand the role that failure plays in growing, improving and becoming your best self. I just figured out…

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How to create your best school year ever School in 2020 is definitely a new adventure. Some schools are virtual. Others are meeting as usual but with many new procedures in place to keep students and staff safe and healthy.  Despite the changes and uncertainty around us, what can we do to get off to…

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What is the key to managing stress for all of us? Recognizing and developing a sense of control. Kids especially live in world where they have little control. Just think about the many things in a typical day in the life of a child where they lack control: the school they attend, the class they…

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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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“Not Yet” and Changing Behavior As I visit schools and provide training in DISC personality style to staff and parents, I’m often asked, “Can you change your basic personality style or is it just hard-wired in?”  The exciting news in all areas of human development is that we can change and grow in many ways.…

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