Posts by Claire Grant

About The Author

Parenting coach Claire Grant is the Executive Director of Family Education for the Hyde Boarding campuses. During her 33 years as an educator, Claire has primarily focused her teaching on working with families. Along with facilitating the campus Family Learning Center workshops, she has led alumni and alumni parent retreats across the country and written family education curriculum used at the various Hyde schools. Claire is a graduate of Hyde, class of ’75, and is the mother of three Hyde graduates: Sarah ’00, Jesse ’03 and Lauren ’05. She earned her BA from the University of Southern Maine and her MA in Education from Boston College. She resides in Bath, Maine with her husband Ken.

Inspiration from Annie and Helen

Annie and Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller The Miracle Worker is a play written by William Gibson; it is the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. The play opens with a [More...]

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Keeping High Expectations while Letting Go of the Outcome

nest eggs

Have you ever been given a gift with strings attached? I think most of us have a negative reaction when we hear that there are conditions attached to something.  Perhaps it is a compliment that is followed by a “but.”  Too often as a parent I was guilty of saying that my child did a [More...]

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Connecting Accountability with Principles

Father teaches his son golf

When establishing the expectations and rigor in our homes, what do we use as our guiding principles, and do our children know what those principles are? And are there times when we get side-tracked into focusing more on rules or achieving certain outcomes of behavior, and we have then missed the opportunity to teach and [More...]

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Old Fashion Moral Support Still Has Value

Moral support crossword puzzle

  My nephew and I were recently working on a crossword puzzle when we came across a difficult clue, and he turned to me for help. Without consciously thinking about it, out of my mouth came the words, “I’m here for moral support – you can do this.” I paused and smiled. How long had [More...]

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‘It Takes a Village’ – Inviting the Help of Others to Raise our Children


Her first phone call was perhaps the most difficult …“I only have a few minutes because I’m calling on top of a 20 foot anthill for good reception, but I absolutely love this country and the people. I’m okay and safe, so don’t worry. And you wouldn’t believe how wonderful my mother and father have [More...]

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Journaling Questions on Forgiveness


  November is a month during which we reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. In some cases, we also need to open our hearts and let go of past grievances with those who have played an important part in our lives. Use the following prompts to record your thoughts about forgiveness [More...]

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Journaling Questions on Conscience

Your Conscience

1. What does the word conscience mean to me?   2. Describe a time when I listened to my conscience and what happened.   3. Describe a time when I did not listen to my conscience. What happened?   4. When I think of conscience within my family, is there one person who “is the [More...]

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Learning to Value Success and Failure

Valuing Success and Failure on the Soccer Field

A well-respected CEO of a Fortune 500 company has a leading question she poses to prospective managers in high-level positions – “What has been one of your biggest failures?” If the applicant hasn’t had a major failure that he now recognizes as a valuable teacher, then chances are he will not be hired. Why is [More...]

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Expectations – A Powerful Tool of Parenting

Learning to walk

As a young parent, I naturally had high expectations for my children. These heightened standards, however, could get confused with developing a talent or achieving a goal. Later in my

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