‘Bee’ All That You Can ‘Bee’

As I sat in the audience while my younger son competed in the county spelling bee, it was difficult to watch.  Partly because I was overly invested every time he stepped up to the microphone, and partly because of having to watch the devastation that befell many of the kids as they misspelled words.  It

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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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