Posts by Laura Gauld

Laura Gauld

About The Author

Parenting Coach Laura Gauld is the Executive Director of Hyde Boarding Schools and Head of School at Hyde-Bath. She and her husband Malcolm Gauld are authors of The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have - The Hyde School Program for Character-based Education. With more than 28 years of classroom and public speaking experience, and over 18 years of experience raising three children, Laura Gauld has earned a national reputation as a top motivational speaker on parenting, family dynamics, and character education. She has been featured on PBS, in her own parenting series on NBC in Portland, Maine, and numerous television, radio programs, and publications throughout the country. A native of Beverly, MA, Laura attended Hyde School in Bath, ME as a teenager. She received a BA from the University of Southern Maine. Through her work as former director of Hyde’s Family Education curriculum, a key component in advancing the character development of students and their families, she was inspired to create The Biggest Job® workshops, popular and upbeat seminars on parenting and community-building, offering practical ideas and experiences in an informal, interactive format.

The Vital Ingredient to Developing Character

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Note from Biggest Job Director Pam Hardy: In the Biggest Job workshops, we often talk about rigor – the importance of structure and discipline in our lives, and the ability to see a job to completion and to do it well. Rigor, however, is not a word you hear often in most conversations on parenting. [More...]

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The Trick: Learning to Recognize Help & Then Accepting It

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Parenting: The Biggest Job’s Priority #9, “The Humility To Ask For And Accept Help,” sounds deceptively easy. “Sure, I have humility. Yes, I can ask for help. I have a lot going on in my life; I love help.” It is the sub-text of this internal conversation that can affect our parenting. For many parents [More...]

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Moms Roundtable: Teen Lying & Stealing

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  In this Moms Roundtable, myself and fellow parenting coaches Claire Grant and Mary Moore discuss how to deal with the uncomfortable situation of learning that your teen is stealing and lying. Among the three of us, we have raised ten children and helped thousands of parents of teens in our professional lives as members [More...]

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My Son Takes Advantage Of A Grandparent Who Is Spoiling Him

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  In this Moms Roundtable, myself and fellow parenting coaches Claire Grant and Mary Moore discuss how to deal with a situation where a grandparent is spoiling a grandchild, and the grandchild is taking advantage of the situation. Among the three of us, we have raised ten children and helped thousands of parents of teens [More...]

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Arguing with my Daughter

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  In this Moms Roundtable, myself and fellow parenting coaches Claire Grant and Mary Moore discuss the issue of what to do when your teen argues with you every time you tell them “no.” Among the three of us, we have raised ten children and helped thousands of parents of teens in our professional lives [More...]

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My Children’s Potential

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If you were to ask me what I most want for my children, my response would be similar to that of the majority of parents: I want my children to be good people—honest, hard working, and courageous. I want them to care about others, rely on their communities for support and encouragement, but also be [More...]

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Moms Roundtable: Respecting a Stepparent

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  In this Moms Roundtable, myself and fellow parenting coaches Claire Grant and Mary Moore discuss how to get a child to respect their stepparent. Having grown up with a stepfather myself, I can understand the struggles that go along with mom bringing someone new into the family. Among the three of us, we have [More...]

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Moms Roundtable: My Teen is Lying to Me

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  In this Moms Roundtable, myself and fellow parenting coaches Claire Grant and Mary Moore discuss one mother’s question of how to trust her teenage daughter who she knows is lying to her. Among the three of us, we have raised ten children and helped thousands of parents of teens in our professional lives as [More...]

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Moms Roundtable: Falling Behind & Nagging

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  In our first video as part of our new Moms Roundtable series, myself and fellow parenting coaches Claire Grant and Mary Moore discuss your most pressing parenting questions about raising teens. Among the three of us, we have raised ten children and helped thousands of parents of teens in our professional lives as members [More...]

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What do taking hold and letting go look like?

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Part 2 of 2 Read Part 1 here Sometimes it’s difficult to gauge when to let go, especially when the consequences of doing so seem risky. Likewise, taking hold often requires a new way of thinking about our daily lives. What do taking hold and letting go really look like? The tools for developing these [More...]

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