Stop Saying, ‘You’re So Smart!’ 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids

“You’re so smart!” “You’re so creative!” “You’re so… [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]“ ...

Stop Saying, ‘You’re So Smart!’ 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids

“You’re so smart!” “You’re so creative!” “You’re so… [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]“ The other day during a frantic scramble to get my 1-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick — slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by herself. She then stared at… Read more!

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“Cool” is in the Eye of the Beholder

Marisa wiped the sweat off her brow and jogged over to join the rest of her teammates in a group huddle. Their team captain, Allison, was speaking in a loud whisper, calling out different plays and trying to motivate her crew. The Fliderdale Hyenas were down 3-0 at the first soccer game of the season,… Read more!

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Sabrina Gets Her Big Chance! What’s Right With This Picture?

“Sabrina, come take a look at this!” Mrs. Durango called her daughter to the front hall.  The mailman had just dropped off a chunk of letters, and Mrs. Durango was weeding out the junk mail. “Coming, mom!” Sabrina took the stairs two at a time and ran over.  “What’s up?” “This flyer came in the… Read more!

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What gets YOU motivated?

It is time for the annual school spelling bee, and this year’s grand prizes have just been announced.  You have beaten your classmates with a flawless spelling of the word “bologna,” and you will be moving on to the final round.  Spellers from each class will compete on the huge stage in the auditorium in… Read more!

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What Do Marshmallows have to do with Success?

A typical sunny Saturday afternoon.  You’re just sitting down at your desk to get started on that pile of weekend homework when you get a call from your best friend. “Everyone is going over to swim at Josh’s house right now,” she says excitedly.  “We need to go! Get your swimsuit on and meet me… Read more!

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What is Flow?

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asked the question: What makes life worth living? Decades of research on optimal experiences produced his answer: flow. The technical definition Flow is the mental state in which a person is engaged in an activity where they are fully immersed with a feeling of  energized focus, involvement, and success in the process… Read more!

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