teaching kids optimism

“You’re smart.” Versus “You worked hard.”

November 16, 2011

Eliza lives down the street.  She’s seventeen now but we’ve known her since we moved to the neighborhood eight years ago.  She’s a tall girl with a tangle of blonde curls.  She’s often wearing splashes of colorful apparel, chosen more because the fabrics appealed than the items matched.  When Eliza was fourteen she babysat for […]

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Teaching Kids Persistence

March 25, 2011

All three of our kids play soccer on local teams.  Early on Todd and I chose soccer as a sport to start with in our family mostly because it requires you to run hard.  With three active kids living in a small home, energy expended in an activity is a vital consideration. Now that the […]

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