Borrowed Wisdom

The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure

A book review and more… I am thrilled to write a review of one of the best parenting books I’ve read in a long time – maybe the best one since the Gaulds wrote The Biggest Job! The Gift of Failure: How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed. By [More…]

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Help with Letting Go

In our webinar on December 15th, (hope you were with us!) we talked about Priority # 7, Take Hold and Let Go. I promised all participants I’d put this poem in the next newsletter. It’s been a very powerful reminder for me of the depth of meaning and challenge in letting go, no matter how [More…]

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When Being a “Bad Guy” Leads To Good

By Guest Blogger Hilary Jacobs Hendel  www.hilaryjacobshendel.com  | Sometimes the best approach for a parent is to give children choices. For toddlers and elementary school children, negotiating an end to an activity by offering “We can leave the playground in five minutes or ten minutes. Which do you want?” gives a child a sense of [More…]

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A Short Course in Human Relations

The author of this is unknown, but it directly relates to family life: The most important six words: “I admit I made a mistake.” The most important five words: “You did a good job.” The most important four words: “What is your opinion?” The most important three words: “Would you please…” The most important two words: “Thank you.” The most [More…]

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A Horse Video Reveals How To Motivate Kids

This article was originally published in the Huffington Post. Why do American students lack so much motivation? “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” reflects the teacher’s primary concern when motivating a student. Consider this short video. VIRAL VIDEO: This horse doesn’t really understand how water works, until he [More…]

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The Letter Your Teenager Can’t Write You

By Guest Author Gretchen Schmelzer, originally published on emotionalgeographic.com Dear Parent: This is the letter that I wish I could write. This fight we are in right now. I need it. I need this fight. I can’t tell you this because I don’t have the language for it and it wouldn’t make sense anyway. But I [More…]

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Moms Roundtable: Teen Lying & Stealing

  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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Father Opens Up – “I absolutely failed at letting go”

In this story from the field, one father honestly talks about how he feels he “failed” at letting go. Can you relate? Leave us a comment in the Comments section below. “I’m going to give you an example of how I absolutely failed at letting go. My youngest son is probably a very accomplished baseball [More…]

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My Son Takes Advantage Of A Grandparent Who Is Spoiling Him

  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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"What kind of attitude did you have out there today?"

Attitude is Everything…

We just had our third webinar on Priority #3: Attitude over Aptitude, so I thought I’d continue the teaching just a little bit and share with you this reading about attitude. I just want to emphasis that aptitude & achievement, or success for ourselves, our children, and our families is important. But when it happens [More…]

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