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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...

Character Matters. Color Does Not.

I also have a dream: of a world in which all children are judged by the content of their character, and not by the color of their skin, or their language, their religion, their family’s wealth or lack of it, or what city, country or continent they live in. Everyone...

Six Ways to Help Your Kids Conquer Back-to-School Nerves

From the beginning of seventh grade until halfway into my first year of high school, I dreaded going to school. Some days, I'd get the same physical symptoms as if I were being chased by a lion: racing heart, surging adrenaline, dry mouth, upset stomach. I didn't feel...

A Much Better Way to Read Report Cards

Do you remember that awful feeling of bringing home a report card that had a disappointing grade on it? The dread of having your parents focus right in on that grade and asking, "So what happened in ___________?" And then the shame that followed when you tried to...

Mommy See, Mommy Do

I taught my daughter to be insecure and perfectionistic and to care a lot about what other people think of her. I didn't intend to teach her these things, of course, any more than my mother intended to teach them to me. Sadly, we are in good company: Insecurity is a...

Why It’s OK to Focus on Strengths Instead of Weaknesses

One of the things I do with clients is review the results of their strengths and personality assessments. Virtually every one of them scans quickly over their positive feedback and zooms in on the things that make them cringe, like the strengths at the bottom of their...

A Fantastic New Resource for Building Children’s Self-Esteem

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Gillian Beeton about her new book, Free to be Me!, an interactive journal that helps children learn that they are unique, special, creative, lovable and capable just as they are. Gillian is a self-esteem facilitator,...

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