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Friday, March 20, 2015

Grit: The key ingredient to your kids’ success

The Washington Post – Judy Holland

“When parents and educators launched the “self-esteem” movement in the 1980s, lavishly praising kids and handing out trophies to all, they expected everyone would try harder. But the opposite was true. Coddled kids became softer, slower and less likely to persevere. In other words, they didn’t learn grit. “This is not a gritty generation,” says Caroline Adams Miller, a Bethesda-based author and speaker. “They become overwhelmed easily because they’ve been protected from failure.” Psychologists are now focusing on grit as the key ingredient for happiness and success. Grit is defined as passion and perseverance in pursuit of long-term goals. Research shows grit is usually unrelated or inversely related to talent. But if you fear your kids are light on grit, don’t worry. We can cultivate traits of gritty people – and model them for our kids. Grit is contagious. Cultivating grit requires finding a passion — something that lights you up. Miller proposes three steps for getting grit:”(more)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Family 4-1-1: Encourage kids to conquer fears, expert says

Times Colonist – Cindy E. Harnett

“All the expressions of love and praise in the world won’t build self-esteem in a girl like supporting her to overcome her fears and struggles, says American psychologist JoAnn Deak…Deak, 67, is an American educator and psychologist focused on helping children develop into confident and competent adults…Words of praise won’t build self-esteem like the “after-feeling” of accomplishment derived from conquering a fear, learning through trial and error and becoming competent at a difficult skill, she said…The trick in encouraging children to challenge themselves is to explain to them that their brains are like plastic and elastic muscles, and that they have the first 18 to 20 years of their life to stretch the parts that aren’t as strong as other parts, Deak said.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bullying is ‘impacting’ school grades of victims

BBC Newsbeat – Nomia Iqbal

“Around a quarter of teenagers in the UK say bullying is affecting their studies and causing their GCSE grades to drop.”(more)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

Greater Good – Vicki Zakrzewski

“A couple of weeks ago, a New York Times op-ed asked the question, “Are kids too coddled?” In other words, shouldn’t we let them fail once in awhile so they develop some backbone? Or don’t they just need more grit? The answer is not that simple because human beings are not that simple.”(more)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Call for body image lessons in UK schools

BBC – Helen Briggs

“The self-esteem of teenage girls could be improved by training teachers to deliver classes in body image, a UK study shows.”(more)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Arts, the thinking kid’s guide to success

The Australian – Matthew Westwood

“A study by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Australia Council for the Arts has found that arts education may benefit youngsters in more ways than previously thought. They are better motivated academically, are more engaged in class and have a sense of satisfaction in their lives.” (more)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Self-Control, Not Self-Esteem, Is Key to Academic Success

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“Schools and parents should take steps to teach students self-control if they want them to succeed, say a number of recent studies. Hans Bader, writing for…explains that by focusing on self-esteem rather than self-control adults actually sabotage kids’ chances of reaching their full potential.”(more)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Why Language Learning

Global Language – Staff Writer

“Learning a second language is no longer a luxury; it is a necessary skill that students must have in order to compete in a global economy. It broadens their opportunities in higher education, and research shows that learning a second language helps children in their overall cognitive development.”(more)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Foster a Can-Do Attitude – Staff Writer

“Although your child will begin to function more independently in the early elementary grades, he still needs your guidance, supervision, and support…What your child needs most:”(more)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Body confidence pack for parents backed by government

BBC – Staff Writer

“A pack to help parents educate children on how the media alters images and to inspire them to be confident in their bodies has had government backing. The body image parent pack – which can be downloaded for free – gives tips to parents on how to talk to children about the subject and stresses the notion that the so-called perfect body, and the emphasis on being thin, is a ‘socially and culturally constructed ideal’.” (more)