personal development

Want to nurture a kid’s superpower?

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Kids and Super Powers In a memorable TED talk, scientist and researcher, Peter Benson-Sparks asks the question,  What is the spark that each child carries within and how can we as educators, parents and other influencers of youth, encourage and fan the flames of that spark? Benson believes that every child has a unique spark,…

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3 Ways to Help Kids Make Friends

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Not having a friend can be hard… What if it’s the first day of school and you are the new kid in the class? What if you return to school after a summer off,  only to find that your best friend  has made a whole new set of friends and you aren’t in the circle…

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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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Begin School with Intention-Plan for Reflection

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How Intention and Reflection determine Learning What was the most memorable and significant year of school for you? The first year you attended school? The year you starred in the class play? The year you won an award? The year you graduated? Research has shown that an important part of learning in any environment is reflecting on our…

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Creating a growth mindset in kids

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Kids and Growth Mindset One thing that parents and educators can agree on is that we all want the best for children. We want them to learn skills that will serve them well in the future.  Developing a growth mindset is a key component. When we focus on motivation and cajole, threaten or even bribe…

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Teaching a child persistence

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Children and Persistence Here’s a pop quiz for you: Your child begs you to take piano lessons.  You aren’t so sure it’s worth the time and commitment.  After all, no one in your family has an ounce of musical ability and it’s a big expense. She is persistent though so you decide to give it a…

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