September 24, 2017

The Super Power of Recognizing Opportunity Within Hard Work

Tweet Ashton Kutcher Acceptance Speech – Teen Choice Awards 2013 (High Quality) This is one of the best award acceptance speeches I have heard in a very long time, “Opportunity Looks A Lot Like Hard Work.” I watched this speech after seeing Ashton Kutcher’s magnificent portraile of the creative genius, Steve Jobs, in the recently […]

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A Parental Superpower to Ignore Wrong Answers

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates

In our high tech society the ability to research is vital to success. Yet many schools never teach it and even when they do, they usually overlook the simplest and most primary undercut: something a child must be able to do before he can research.

What is it? Read on…

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The Super Power of Speech: Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program

Whether you Home School or send your kids to traditional schools, this program can help teach your kids the art of public speaking and give them basic leadership skills. I want to pass on just a few Pros & Cons of teaching this program to Middle School aged students.

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Educator vs. Teacher – The Difference Between Education and Schooling

Finally! — thanks to a true Educator, I have come to understand the difference between a Teacher and an Educator. And I discovered that while the world needs both, Educators are in short supply. … Each of us sees the world differently in one field or another. Yet how do we educate the “genius” and “autistic” we each seem to possess?

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Does Your Kid Hate School?

As a kid, there were times I loathed school. I gave all kinds of explanations for not liking it: “The teacher’s mean.” “The test is stupid.” “The school bus smells.”

But I had no idea my complaints were simply symptoms of an educational blunder
that has gone on for centuries.

When people are no longer capable of starting and carrying on interesting and lively conversations, they become dependent on outside influences to give them something to talk about – movies, video games, newspaper headlines, the weather, accidents, etc. Perhaps this is why shallow gossip so readily abounds.

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The Super Power of Words to Improve a Parent-Child Relationship

“Believe it or not, using one pronoun over another can actually
improve a parent-child relationship.

It appears then that a child’s social behavior hinges entirely upon the attitude shown to him by the people who are dominant in his life.

Using I over you is one such example. When Mom tells Joey, “I like it better when your bed is made in the morning,” he knows she is talking about herself.

But if Mom says, “You didn’t make your bed this morning,” Joey knows the finger is pointing directly at him.

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Why I Taught Four-Letter Words to My Children

“I know a lot of words,” she explained. “Would you like to hear about some others?” She listed several more four-letter words and offered to give the etymology of each one.

I didn’t explain that Dorothy Jr.’s erudition was part of an experiment of mine to see whether knowledge of taboo words could erase their black magic. If my kids learned the story of individual “foul” words, would they seem so foul when it came time to use them?

It’s not that I wanted potty-mouthed offspring. On the contrary, I wanted my kids to rise above foulness. Rather than be shocked or victimized by the crude language the permeates our culture, I wanted them to become connoisseurs of language.

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Super Power of Child Friendships

“Friendship . . . is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Muhammad Ali

Children friendships are delicate things. Within a span of an hour, I have seen my 7-year-old son fall in and out of “like” with a buddy 3 times.

Within a day, he has disowned a friend he had previously proclaimed in a position of protector and loyal follower.

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The Super Power of Words, Grammar and Ideas

Grammar is the way words are organized into speech and writings so as to get across exact thoughts, ideas and meanings between people. It is really the agreements between people so that real communication is had.

Grammar is formed by common usage and forwarded to all by writers.

Words ARE NOT the thing itself; they are just substitutes for things, the concepts, or ideas of things.

Words don’t hurt you. They don’t love you. They only get you to do or think or feel something. The word “fire” is nothing to be afraid of; it won’t pop up on the page and burn you. They get you to remember things in the past that did hurt or love you.

Words and Grammar are only there to HELP you the reader and writer. They are not as important as having the ideas themselves.

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Guest Blog: Unschooling with Home Schooling

Christina took the plunge. She pulled her children out of the system and turned to home school. To do this, she had to beat off the doomsayers who predicted her kids would end-up social misfits. Like Christina, all parents want their children to be safe, happy and well educated. When this is not happening, many take their children’s schooling into their own hands. Indeed, the status of home schooling has gone from practically illegal to mainstream in just a few decades. What prompted such a drastic decision?

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Guest Blog: Raising Boys with Kid Imagination and Inspiration

Don’t tell your kids what they can or can’t do with their own time: If they have earned recreational time, they get to do whatever they please, even watching TV or playing on the computer, if that’s what they want to do. Otherwise, there is no incentive for them to earn recreational time.

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Guest Blog: Play the Game of Writing

These individuals taught me the most important rule of the writing game: to be a writer, you must write. Of course one may dream or ponder, but such actions are preparation. Dreaming is not writing. Pondering is not writing. Putting thoughts down on paper is writing. The only way to be a writer is to write. There is no other way.

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Bring Them Sunshine!

My six-year-old boy was acting super fussy. Instead of another failed attempt to reason with him, I played him this short music video instead. He came right out of it, brightened up, and we had a great night!

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The Super Power of Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline: The ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.

My attempt to explain self-discipline to my 6-year-old son was both humorous and enlightening.

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The Super Power to Take On a Bully Without Becoming One

This is a painful subject for a mother to talk about; No one wants to admit it is his or her child who has done some bullying and that some of their tendency to bully has come from you.

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