Posts by Pam Hardy

About The Author

Parenting coach Pam Hardy is the director of programs and training for Parenting: The Biggest Job®. Pam presents The Biggest Job® parenting workshops, as well as develops and supervises training for workshop facilitators who deliver the 10 Priorities-the ten core beliefs that comprise the philosophy of The Biggest Job® -to parents, schools, corporations, and communities. A native of Clarion, Pennsylvania, Pam attended Juniata College and earned a B.A. in French. She went on to Columbia University, where she received a Master’s in clinical social work. She has lived in Australia, Brazil, and Europe. She and her husband reside in Denver, and are parents to two adult sons.

Podcast 55: Laura Gauld: Our conscience is the compass of our destiny, Mantras 76-80

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“Our conscience is the compass of our destiny.”   – Laura Gauld So how do we teach conscience to our kids? Advice on that, and the last five mantras of Parenting Fundamental #4 are discussed in today’s podcast with Laura. Let your conscience be your guide. See the small moments of inspiration. The darkest times bring [More...]

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Podcast 54: Rebecca Mannis Part 2, Can you teach grit?

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Grit is a word that we hear a lot these days; we talk about it in the Biggest Job Workshops, and in part 2 of our conversation with Rebecca Mannis, a learning specialist who founded Ivy-Prep, we learn that grit is something that can be intentionally taught to kids. “There are ways in which we [More...]

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Podcast 53: Rebecca Mannis: Educate a child according to his nature

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Dr. Rebecca Mannis, a learning specialist and founder of Ivy Prep, says that each child has a natural way of learning, whether they are intellectually gifted or specifically challenged with a learning issue. Her Ivy Prep Learning Center bridges the fields of neuropsychology and education in a targeted and customized way to help students of [More...]

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At Graduation, What Will You Say to Your Child?

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When our children graduate from high school, it’s every parent’s dream to bestow a pearl of wisdom that can somehow help guide them forward in life. What will you say? “Graduation is a milestone event, and parents may begin to get nostalgic as they think about the important transition their children are getting ready to [More...]

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Podcast 52: Laura Gauld: Parenting is Messy, Mantras 71 – 75

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“Parenting is messy,” says Laura Gauld. When I think about this, it’s really true! Parenting is messy. Just accepting this might make the job a little easier, don’t you think? We might not get so caught up in how we look as a parent or how we’re doing at the job. It’s also important to [More...]

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Podcast 51: Why do students beg for colleges to accept them, instead of the other way around?

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This is an intriguing question that Neha Gupta, founder of Elite Private Tutors and College Shortcuts answers on her blog at www.eliteprivatetutors.com/2016/10/students-beg-colleges-accept-instead-way-around. Neha’s enthusiasm for what she does shines through in what she shares with us about how to motivate students, how to give them confidence, and her warning about how the common app might [More...]

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Podcast 50: Laura Gauld: You are in this game for the long haul! Mantras 66-70

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Parenting Fundamental 4: Have faith in your child’s unique potential and the larger forces at work. “You are in this game for the long haul!” I know you’ve heard this said before, or in different ways, but hang on to this mantra, as it’s so important. Hang on, too, to the vision you have for [More...]

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Podcast 49: Laura Gauld: Resist Labels of Any Kind, Mantras 61-65

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Parenting Fundamental 4: Have faith in your child’s unique potential and the larger forces at work. This 13th podcast with Laura Gauld is a special one. (Not that they aren’t all great!) This fourth fundamental is a wonderful tool to help us as parents let go when things go off track – getting out of [More...]

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Podcast 48: Amber Jin: Get Into Ivy

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Did you know that a college application only gets minutes in front of admissions officers? How do you construct an application that stands out in this sea of competition? With four million seniors each year competing for coveted spots at colleges, an application needs to effectively communicate a student’s achievements and potential to give them [More...]

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Podcast 47: Laura Gauld: Remember the Power of a “Look”, Mantras 56 – 60

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Do you remember the power of a “look” from your parents when you were growing up? That’s the first mantra discussed on this podcast with Laura Gauld, as we wrap up parenting fundamental #3 on building family traditions.  How did we know what our parents meant when they gave us the “look”, and how can [More...]

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