Helping Your Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

Dr. Sherri Singer's article from last week, Why Failure Is Not Always A Bad Thing For Kids, addresses the very important topic of learning and striving for success (meaning whatever you want to accomplish) and to keep going at it rather than giving up in the process. Dr. Singer's article has a wealth of wisdom that may be overlooked by some readers because it was written from more of a logical, academic perspective rather than a personal and passionate one--which is why I'm revisiting her article and using my own personal experience to examine how we can cultivate a passion for learning and to instill more awareness of the value of lifelong … [Read more...]

Why Failure Is Not Always A Bad Thing For Kids

We have all heard, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." What happens when you don't succeed, though? Do you really try again? Or do you give up? A new study by French researchers found that children who were told learning can be difficult, and that failing is a natural part of the learning process, actually performed better on tests than kids not given such reassurances. As a Psychologist who works with success and the benefits of failure every day, I believe there is no better way to take the punch out of failure and keep a kid going on work than to train them to fail with grace. In the study, they focused on a … [Read more...]

Back To School -Tips For School and Life Success

We're nearing the end of another summer and it's back to school time again--at least in the United States! My younger daughter in fact has begun her first day of sophomore year in High School today; she's glad to be back home in the Bay Area of Northern California after spending two months in a town outside of Munich, Germany, and she's revved up to get back into the school and sports routine. She's excited to see her friends again and is looking forward to what the new school year will bring. (Isn't it wonderful how we have these annual cycles and traditions on this planet?) Thus for today's article I'm sharing a few tips that are helpful … [Read more...]