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Now, Every Day is Thanksgiving

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal since my son was born almost 23 years ago. I got the idea from Oprah, who was doing it because she said it helped us appreciate the good in life and could even make us happier (science now proves her right). This mattered to me...

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:...

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...

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