As counterintuitive as it may seem, praise is not always a good thing. In fact, one study suggests, that too much praise can contribute to kids becoming narcissists.  I am not going to discuss that study; however, if what this post reveals is not convincing, you might want to read it.  (Brad Bushman, Ohio State…

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Something you don’t want your kid to miss! Emotional Intelligence, EQ, is a term coined by Daniel Golman in 1995. EQ encompasses: Self-awareness: the capacity to recognize and understand personal emotions and how they affect those around us. Self-regulation: the ability to control one’s own impulses and moods. Empathy: sensitivity to and understanding of the…

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As counter-intuitive as it may seem, praise is not always a good thing. In fact, one study suggests, that too much praise can contribute to kids becoming narcissists.  I am not going to discuss that study; however, if what this post reveals is not convincing, you might want to read it.  (Brad Bushman, Ohio State…

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A lot!  I have definitely evolved in the apology sphere of my life.  All the years of being a mom, teacher, educator, wife, and friend I’ve said and heard it all! “Say you’re sorry to Sam for stealing his scissors, James!” “I’m sorry”, grumbles James.  (eyes rolling and voice barely audible) Well, that’s good.  Now…

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Doing almost what we always do…in the pandemic and beyond My good friend from California has been reading to her grandkids, ages 9 & 11, who are in Chicago.  Her 9-year-old grandson asked,” Grammy, why don’t you ask us questions like our teacher does when we’re reading?”  My friend was not exactly sure what that…

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Resilience is just about the most important strength you can foster in your kids.  It’s that armor that protects them throughout their lives.  Too many parents attempt to shield their children from the challenges and the woes of the world; but research has demonstrated that adversity can be turned into opportunities, if you approach it…

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Breakthru Parent Coaching is unique because I operate from a philosophy that leads to raising kids to be happy and successful adults. The concept of Intentional Parenting encourages parents to determine what characteristics they wish to develop in their children and together, we create an amazingly simple blueprint for getting there.   There is no other…

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A Big Shout Out to the teens who are alleviating some of the chaos caused by everybody ‘staying at home’ together 24/7. Teen Helpers are a great way to go! Giving a teen you know a job and mitigating some of the pressure that parents feel in homeschooling their kids is the goal as we…

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