Having a Mindset for Success

By now, school is back in full swing.  With it comes the relief of a structured schedule, but also the demands of learning.  Some kids will rise to the occasion, and others will have some setbacks.  If you are like my kids, it’s a little bit of both.  As I am faced with where they

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Take a Moment

As a stay-at-home parent I have steered clear of the so-called ‘Mommy Wars’.  Parenting is hard enough without expending energy into judging the choices of others or opening myself up to other people’s judgment.  I believe that we are all in this together.  However you decide to parent, you have your reasons and I trust

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Your Kids Will Praise Your Honesty

We all do it.  We praise our kids for their smarts, their athleticism or any other various achievement that they conquer.  How much praising is too much?  Is there such a thing as over-praising?  Do our words of encouragement help them succeed or hinder their motivation?  In the book ‘NurtureShock:  New Thinking About Children,” authors,

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Make Way for Change

I hope that this series of posts regarding spirited children has been illuminating and supportive.  The final characteristic of spirited children I would like to explore is adaptability. “Spirited children are uncomfortable with change.  They hate surprises and do not shift easily from one activity or idea to another.  If they are expecting hot dogs

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The Sensitive Child

In the continuation of this series on learning more about spirited children, sensitivity is often the most misunderstood trait.   On the surface it appears a kid is out-of-control for no reason, when in truth, they are expressing their deep-seated emotions.  Hopefully, if you are in the midst of raising a sensitively spirited child, once

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