Character—How Parents Will Solve Our Educational Problems

By Joseph W. Gauld, originally posted on the Huffington Post Americans need to seriously rethink our present child-rearing/educational system. Presently, it establishes standards of perfection for kids: an “A” or “4.0” grade point average, 2400 SAT scores, and excellence in extra-curricular activities and behavior. Please note I use “kids,” not children, to address the [More…]

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Conversations Guiding the Struggle

By Hyde School faculty member Lori Hobart, LCSW As a parent and a faculty member I have the unique opportunity to see the time, commitment, and extra effort our faculty give on a regular basis. Last week the power of this amazing group of people took on a deeper meaning. My son Greg ran into [More…]

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The Vital Ingredient to Developing Character

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 truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.

When Your Child Tells You The Ugly Truth

Parent Question: What happens when your child has the courage to tell the truth, and we don’t agree with what they have done? It’s a good thing they trusted us, and we don’t want to squash their comfort in telling the truth. How do we handle this…? Yes, I agree it’s a good thing they [More…]

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HELP! My Child Refuses to Listen

We recently received this tough question from a frustrated mom: How can you parent a child who, absolutely no matter what the consequences are, refuses to or is simply unable or unwilling to listen to a single word you say and does not care at all what you think – a child who will leave [More…]

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Don’t Lie, Don’t Quit

If you’ve spent any time at Hyde, you’ve probably heard someone say, “Don’t Lie; Don’t Quit.”  (I mean…. This one’s so last century.) In any case, Don MacMillan, former head of school at Hyde-Bath, is credited with its origin. The message is so disarmingly simple that it’s easy to miss the point. When Don coined this line, it [More…]

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The Road to Character by David Brooks

Note: this article was originally published in Malcolm’s Blog. Hyde is a community of people who serve as stewards of five words (Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern) and five principles (Destiny, Humility, Conscience, Truth, and Brother’s Keeper). If you are one such person, read David Brooks’ new book The Road to Character. Brooks had [More…]

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At Hyde, attitude is pretty much everything. This piece on attitude by Charles Swindoll can be commonly seen and heard around our campuses: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than [More…]

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A Moral Bucket List

Got A Moral Bucket List?

  I love it when people write about things that support our parenting priorities, and David Brooks has done just that with his piece in the Sunday (April 12, 2015) New York Times. Brooks starts his piece by saying that he doubts his own “generosity of spirit or depth of character” – something he sees in others [More…]

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Hope As A Result Of Struggle

  Recently I listened to a podcast by Brené Brown (author of Daring Greatly and other books) on the subject of hope as a result of struggle. In researching more of her work, I then listened to her TED talk on the power of vulnerability. Having done six years of quantitative research studies on the subject [More…]

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