The generation gap between parents and their children often leaves one thought on the minds of children: You don’t know what it’s like! As adults, it’s easy to forget the trials and tribulations of childhood. This often leads to a disconnection such as the one portrayed in the scenario above. While not seeing eye-to-eye is… Read more!
By teaching children skills of optimism, it is possible to “immunize” or safeguard them against episodes of depression. This concept is at the core of The Optimistic Child. The Big Ideas! Pessimistic children are at a much higher risk of becoming depressed than optimistic children. In numerous long-term studies, Seligman and colleagues discovered a link between pessimism or dwelling on the… Read more!
While school can be a positive social experience for many children, for others it can be a nightmare. School is not only a place where children learn reading, writing and math. It is also a place where they learn to get along with other people and develop social skills. Although students don’t get grades on social tests from their teachers, their peers are constantly giving them “grades” on “social tests” every day.
“Close your eyes for a moment,” the teacher instructs her class. “Now imagine yourself ten years from now. Dream that all your wishes have come true. Imagine your best possible life in this future. Who have you become? Are you working? Who is with you? Where do you live? Keep going, try to use as… Read more!
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ~Michael Jordan Growing up, I wanted to be just like my… Read more!
Kids are faced with hundreds of choices each day. What should I wear today? Which way should I walk to school? What condiment should I put on my sandwich? Who should I play with? What should I be when I grow up? Decisiveness is a vital life skill – one you can teach your children. In… Read more!
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