Can I help my child develop grit and perseverance?

I recently gave a presentation at the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) conference on impact of mindset (our belief about our ability to improve) on learning. During the questioning at the end of the presentation, one teacher asked, “I work with High School students. Is it too late to help them learn to deal with frustration and keep working?” We can all certainly understand the question – at what point do we start to say, “Well, that’s just the way he … Read more

How’s your marketing plan?

Another school year is just about done and for many parents, and kids, it just wasn’t what was hoped for. The grades didn’t match expectations, personal projects were left unfinished, and outside goals were not realized. It’s not easy seeing so much potential go untapped. Frustration and fear often build up as weeks, months, or even years pass by with seemingly little substantial movement. How can we make sure that this disappointment doesn’t become pervasive and that self-image doesn’t become … Read more

Teaching Your Child How to Ride a Bike… And Other Important Life Skills

Recently, I was at the bicycle store getting my bike tuned up for the season. While I was waiting for my bicycle, I watched as a mom and dad were attempting to teach their daughter, around the age of eight, to ride a two-wheeler. Her twin sister had apparently learned this skill sometime ago and was quite comfortable riding around the parking lot in what would shortly become her new bike. As I observed the interaction between the parents and … Read more