Posts by 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.

Taking Hold and Letting Go: The Challenge of Parenting

Teen on swing

Part 1 of 2 As many parents are dropping off their students at college, we thought this would be an ideal time to talk about taking hold and letting go. If you would like to equip your college freshman/woman with a set of 5 rules to guarantee college success, please point them in the direction [More...]

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Mantras #16- 20

Mom and Dad polo shirts that read "Inspiration: Job #1"

Parenting coach Laura Gauld has created 100 Parenting Mantras. There are 20 mantras for each of five Fundamentals, including; Fundamental #1 – Understand your job as parents Fundamental #2 – Raise children to be accountable to life Fundamental #3 – Build family traditions Fundamental #4 – Have faith in your child’s unique potential and the [More...]

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Mantras #11 – 15

Matching mom and dad polo shirts with mantras

Parenting coach Laura Gauld has created 100 Parenting Mantras. There are 20 mantras for each of five Fundamentals, including; Fundamental #1 – Understand your job as parents Fundamental #2 – Raise children to be accountable to life Fundamental #3 – Build family traditions Fundamental #4 – Have faith in your child’s unique potential and the [More...]

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Do not engage.

Parental polo shirts with Mantras on the back

Parenting coach Laura Gauld has created 100 Parenting Mantras. There are 20 mantras for each of five Fundamentals, including; Fundamental #1 – Understand your job as parents Fundamental #2 – Raise children to be accountable to life Fundamental #3 – Build family traditions Fundamental #4 – Have faith in your child’s unique potential and the [More...]

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100 Parenting Mantras

Mom and Dad polo shirts

To commemorate the 100th Biggest Job parenting article, we are introducing parenting coach Laura Gauld’s 100 Parenting Mantras. There are 20 mantras for each of five Fundamentals, including; Fundamental #1 – Understand your job as parents Fundamental #2 – Raise children to be accountable to life Fundamental #3 – Build family traditions Fundamental #4 – [More...]

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When In Doubt About Honesty, “Bet on the Truth.”

"Often the deepest lessons we learn are when we compromise ourselves and then have to deal with the consequences."

Q. You talk about sharing ourselves with our children, but there are things in my past that I do not feel good about. I do not want my children to follow that example. How do I know what to share and what not to talk about? A. Most of us, as parents, can relate to your [More...]

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Worksheet: What is important to us as a family?

Mark Twain at the wheel statue at sunset

“Two things seem pretty apparent to me. One was that in order to be a Mississippi River pilot, a man had to learn more than any other man ought to be allowed to know; and the other was, that he must learn it all over again in a different way every 24 hours.” – Mark [More...]

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Valentine’s Day, the Perfect Time to Talk to Your Teen about Sex

Teens in love

With Valentines’ Day around the corner, this may be a good time to talk about love and sex with your teen… As you’ve heard before, Parenting: The Biggest Job, believes in attitude over achievement, effort over ability and character over talent.  All those are talked about in Priority # 3: Attitude over Aptitude. So your [More...]

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Attitudes – Productive and Unproductive

What's your attitude?

“Nothing can stop the person with the right attitude; nothing can help the person with the wrong one.” Look at the following examples of attitudes we can carry: Productive Unproductive Caring, concern Selfishness Helping others Dishonest Hard worker Chip on shoulder Truthful Quitter Optimistic Leave me alone Willingness Don’t notice me Perseverance I don’t care [More...]

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Journaling Questions on Synergy

Bracelet being braided

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” ~Aristotle Use the following questions and statement as a guide to writing in your journal about the concept of Synergy. 1. What does the word “synergy” mean to me?   2. In what areas of my life do I see synergy at work?   3. [More...]

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