How to Help Your Child Get Along With Others

This is the fourth in a series of six posts exploring the strengths that make kids intelligent, courageous, good with other people, involved in their communities and connected with something larger than themselves. The purpose of the series is to give you new ideas...

Why the “Good Enough” Mother is the Best Mother

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” ~ John Steinbeck ~ I’ve been sick for two weeks and the kids were home for spring break for one of them. I haven’t gotten much done. I haven’t written anything blog-worthy, haven’t been active on social...

Three Ways Kids Can Rock Relationships

This is the third in a series of six posts exploring the strengths that make kids intelligent, courageous, good with other people, involved in their communities and connected with something larger than themselves. The purpose of the series is to give you new ideas for...

Three Ways to NOT Fix What Your Teen is Struggling With

  My husband used to be hard-wired to be a fixer. There were times I just wanted a listening ear, a hug, an “Ag, shame” – the phrase South Africans say that means, “Oh honey, I’m so sorry to hear that.” Listen here:   So imagine my horror the day my son said to me:...

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say to Your Teens About Tragedy

I am not a professional expert on this but do have experience talking to and trying to soothe my own kids after violent events. Fortunately my son was too young to remember the Columbine shootings when we were living in Littleton, Colorado, but we lived in New York on...

Four Ways to Encourage Courage in Kids

  This is the second in a series of six posts exploring the strengths that make kids intelligent, courageous, good with other people, involved in their communities and connected with something larger than themselves. The purpose of the series is to give you new ideas...

Six Ways to Inspire Your Creative Teen

I was so fired up after reading Dan Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind, in 2010, that the day after I finished it I made an appointment to tell the headmaster of my son’s school about it. I loved the way it described not just the potential but the NEED for creative people...

Five Fabulous Ways Children Are Smart

This is the first in a series of posts exploring the strengths that make kids intelligent, courageous, good with other people, involved in their communities and connected with something larger than themselves. The purpose of the series is to give you new ideas for...

Four Steps To Help Your Teens Be Happier

  If your child is feeling insecure and unhappy, one of the most helpful things you can do is introduce them to their inner strengths and teach them how to use them. In schools around the world where this has been taught to students, researchers found significant...

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