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When we overparent, research shows that our children’s mental state ends up with the price tag….

When I recently read this article from Slate Magazine, I was immediately brought to consider the dynamics on the two soccer teams that I coached. The parents on these teams are supportive, want the best for their children, but I was struck at their willingness to habitually carry their daughters’ bags to and from the…

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Learning To Shift Gears – How A Growth Mindset Is Developed ?

On Wednesdays and Fridays, my daughters and I ride our bicycles to their school. It’s a skill (and attitude) that I believe strongly in: learning to propel oneself with a bike breeds confidence, self-reliance and involves some exercise. Today my 6 year old rode a bike with gears for the 2nd time, and as you…

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Getting outside one’s comfort zone: the risks and rewards of taking a lead role in the musical

Last evening I had the pleasure of attending my daughters’ school’s spring choir and musical. Each of my daughters were involved as the school did a magical job of integrating Grade 1s to Grade 7s in both the choir and musical production. My eldest, in Grade 6, was one of the lead actors in “The…

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How to build a village around your child(ren) in 2015

You likely know the phrase “it takes village to raise a child”, yes? The benefits of a village would offer mutual trust, respect for elders, security in numbers, key relationships and alliances, and of course, a sense of friendship and community. While parents have the primary role in raising their children, the village also contributed.…

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The difference that parents can make in their children’s lives

I realize full well that you may not be a sports fan, could even be that you are opposed to sports, not sure. While I choose to also expose my children to the arts, to music and dance, the fact is that I grew up playing sports, watching them and playing them, and there were…

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One daily practice that ensures that I maintain work life balance in my role as a parent

It’s no easy task, this parenting deal to maintain a work life balance. On that, I am sure we can agree. As parents, the idea is to work ourselves out of a job, but sometimes we manage to get deeper into it, even though we know deep down that our children should be able to…

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The best and most useful parenting tips book I have ever read…

When I was learning how to raise 3 kids ‘solo’ and wondering about how my actions attitudes and perspectives as a parent was going to impact my own children, I came across a parenting tips book that was the most revealing and honest account of parenting and youth I had ever found. The truth is that…

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How did Steve Jobs’ parents help create his mindset?

Most of us are aware of the legacy in innovation that Steve Jobs created with Apple, yes? Perhaps fewer are aware that he was adopted early in life and raised by two hard working parents south of San Francisco, no? You see while its true that Steve Jobs was committed to making his own “dent…

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