The Marshmallow Test

  What does resisting the temptation to eat a marshmallow have to do with the ability to succeed? How important is it to teach our children self-control and the ability to delay gratification? Some 40 years ago, a psychologist devised an unusual test of self-control. Walter Mischel set a plate… Read moreThe Marshmallow Test

5 Things We Can Teach Our Children About Christmas

  It is easy to be knocked off balance and lose focus at Christmas. It is, after all, the busiest and most stressful season of the year. Even more so for our children. Egged on by seemingly harmless questions, “What do you want for Christmas?” or “What do you want… Read more5 Things We Can Teach Our Children About Christmas

KIDS AND TV — THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

  “TV provides no educational benefits for a child under age two.”(1) … “Watching TV in childhood increased chances of dropping out of school and decreased chances of getting a college degree.”(2) … “Watching sex on TV increases the chances a teen will have sex, and causes teens to start… Read moreKIDS AND TV — THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

WHEN DOES LEARNING BEGIN?

  Children are born with much more intelligence than we credit them. We assume that because they cannot talk, i.e. articulate thoughts in verbal communication, they are incapable of thinking. “Thoughts must be verbalized before they can exist or legitimately be called thoughts,” we say. In fact, babies begin to… Read moreWHEN DOES LEARNING BEGIN?

MY IMPERFECT DAD

Dads are not perfect. Mine certainly was not. In fact, I can recall very few times of memorable engagement with my dad. Yet, my dad greatly influenced what I am today. During my first teaching assignment, I discovered three powerful realities about kids and fathers. They helped define my personal… Read moreMY IMPERFECT DAD

3 REASONS WHY KIDS HATE SCHOOL

Do you wonder why kids hate school? Why their typical answer to the question is, “Because it’s boring!”? As we began our coaching session, Reggie (not his real name) made it clear that he was bored with school, that he didn’t need to study for his up-coming year-end exams because… Read more3 REASONS WHY KIDS HATE SCHOOL