teaching

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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Suffer from mid-year burnout no more…

Get Fired Up and Finish Strong The school year is more than half over and much of the excitement and anticipation of a new class is long gone. How can you keep the energy and enthusiasm going for the next few months? How can you maintain a positive focus in the midst of the negative…

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Why we should celebrate not worry about introverts

Six Reasons to Celebrate Introverts In parenting classes, I often hear concerns about children who are introverts. Parents worry that they won’t make friends, won’t be successful and will be unhappy throughout their lives. In the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, the author, Susan Cain puts these…

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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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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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