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Using the word "smart" with children
JoAnn Deak, PhD
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Tips for getting kids to practice and work harder
Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD
Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD Psychiatrist, and Author, shares advice for parents on a few techniques that will teach your kids the cycle of excellence through practice and... read more
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Focusing on a child's gifts more than grades and test scores
Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD
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Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, details the ways you can inspire success and confidence in your children
High Performance Psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD explains how being focused solely on achievement can be damaging to kids
Educator, Rachel Simmons, Author of Odd Girl Out, discusses perfectionism in girls.
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Joline Godfrey, CEO of Independent Means, shares advice for parents on how to teach their kids entrepreneurial skills and how to make a job rather than just take a job
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Nationally recognized author and psychologist for top athletes, Michael Gervais, PhD, shares the core elements of top level performance and how to achieve your greatest... read more
Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP Parent Educator, shares expert advice for parents on how to praise your kids most effectively, including the best way how and how often to praise... read more
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“Be nice to your sister.” “Use kind words.” “What you did wasn’t very considerate.” As parents, we’re always... read more
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Many parents get caught up in day to day routines and the never-ending task of teaching their children and lose some important opportunities to model and teach respect.
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My preschooler came out of her room and stomped once. I carried her back to bed.
There was a time when rewards and punishments were the foundation of most parents’ efforts to discipline their children.  The formula was pretty simple -... read more
Here’s a gem of a question I hear weekly:  Should I pay my kids to do chores?  It doesn’t sound like a hard question to answer on the surface,... read more
Give yourself a hand! For real, stop what you’re doing right now. read more
My family doesn’t vacation much. Oh, sure, we take trips. read more
Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Joey Jones discusses how military injuries affect parenting
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Empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions.
John O'Sullivan, Founder of Changing The Game Project, shares advice for kids, parents, and coaches during try-outs. Find out more about how parents and coaches can help... read more
Founder of Changing The Game Project and professional athlete and coach, John O'Sullivan, explains how to have a positive conversation on the ride back home from a game... read more
John O'Sullivan, Founder of Changing The Game Project and former professional athlete, shares advice on what to do if you have a child who is talented in sports and how... read more
Is your child close to becoming a sports prodigy? John O'Sullivan has committed his career to helping parents, coaches, and kids get involved in positive youth... read more
John O'Sullivan, Founder of Changing The Game Project, shares advice on how to support a talented child athlete while still keeping them open and respectful about other... read more
Your child wanting to quit a sport may be an unexpected or difficult situation. Watch this video for great advice from John O'Sullivan, founder of Changing The Game... read more
What should you say to your child after a game? John O'Sullivan, professional athlete and sports experts shares the five most important words that any parent can say to... read more
John O'Sullivan, founder of Changing The Game Project, gives parents a greater understanding on the important mindsets that help children succeed in sports and athletics...
John O'Sullivan, Founder of Changing The Game Project, guides parents through the challenges of their children moving to upper level sports.
How can you be an amazing coach? Expert John O'Sullivan tells you exactly what you need to know in order to become an excellent and supportive sports coach.
Sports expert and educator,John O'Sullivan, explains how parents can maintain healthy relationships with their children while simultaneously being a coach and a parent.
Learn more about the changing the culture of competitive youth sports, as explained by sports expert and educator John O'Sullivan.
John O'Sullivan, founder of Changing The Game Project, a youth sports organization gives you the sporting advice that parents wish they had.
Expert sports educator John O'Sullivan shares some of the possible benefits of early specialization for children in different types of sports and activities.
John O'Sullivan, sports educator and founder of community sports organization, helps parents understand how to make sure they are not being too tough on their kids when... read more
With so much expertise in both playing and coaching sports, John O'Sullivan helps parents understand how to teach their children to set appropriate athletic goals.
Ali Landry shares advice on how to celebrate Valentine's Day as a family.
Dealing with failure is difficult for all of us, but as parents, we often find it even harder to watch kids struggle with it.
View Robin Berman, MD's video on The importance of mindful language...
Learn about: Accepting children for who they are from Elisabeth Rohm,...
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Of course we should praise our children — and we should do it often, but is there such a thing as too much? read more
Performance Psychology Michael Gervais, PhD explains how using the tools of performance psychology can help you to reach your potential and be successful in life
Performance Psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD explains how to use visualization and imagery to successfully achieve your goals
High Performance Psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD discusses what we can learn from high performance athletes and how they think in order to overcome adversity
Performance Psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD talks about mastering a craft and what parents can do to help their children succeed
Performance Psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD talks about how to support and challenge your child when they have an innate talent or interest
High Performance Psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD explains the difference between traditional and "high performance" psychology and how this can be applied in the real... read more
Learn about: How to use children's strengths to strengthen their weaknesses from Joel Pelcyger,...
Therapist Julie Wright, MFT talks about praising the process and how over-praising can lead to a fixed mindset
Watch Video: How to encourage kids to be their personal best by Reveta Bowers, ...
View Reveta Bowers's video on What parents can do for their intrinsically motivated child...
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Robert Brooks, PhD
Several weeks ago I was drawn to a piece written by Beth Teitell in The Boston Globe titled "Parents get competitive on college." When I finished reading the... read more
Watch Video: The secrets to a stress-free morning routine by Alanna Levine, MD, ...
See Alanna Levine, MD's video on How praise can help or hinder self-reliance...
View Alanna Levine, MD's video on The important difference between nagging and reminding...
Learn about: The power of the "penalty box" behavior chart from Alanna Levine, MD,...
Whitney Moss, Parenting Author and Blogger, explains on how to create a child-led incentive chart with your child in order to get your child to improve his or her habits
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View Wendy T. Behary, LCSW's video on How parental messages of specialness can create narcissists...
Learn about: The reasons behind homework struggles and how to avoid them from Shefali Tsabary, PhD,...
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Watch Edwin A. Locke, PhD's video on The difference between short and long-term goals...
Learn about: Why high educational standards shouldn't stress out your kids from Edwin A. Locke, PhD,...
View Edwin A. Locke, PhD's video on How should kids set goals?...
Learn about: Earned praise versus phony praise from Edwin A. Locke, PhD,...
Watch Video: Why intrinsic motivation is so integral to success by Steve Reifman, ...
Watch Steve Reifman's video on Using the virtuous cycle to motivate hard work...
Learn about: How to encourage positive behavior in children from Steve Reifman,...
Lee Hausner, PhD Clinical Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on how they can help to successfully motivate their children in a beneficial manner
Watch Video: Intrinsic motivation and how it can help later in life by Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD, ...
Watch Video: Discovering abilities through state of flow by Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD, ...
Watch Carolyn McWilliams, MA's video on Following your child's interest with support and enthusiasm...
Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD Psychiatrist & Author, shares advice for parents on the role that recognition plays in building a child's self-esteem and moral behavior
See Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD's video on The Cycle of Excellence...
Watch Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD's video on How making progress creates motivation...
Learn about: Importance of recognizing a child's gifts early and often from Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD,...
Performance psychologist Michael Gervais, PhD, shares expert advice for parents of talented children on how to encourage them to reach their potential without pushing... read more
View Traci Cummings's video on Tips for getting kids to cooperate...
Watch Tim Wheeler's video on How to motivate your child when they are struggling...
View Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD's video on Balancing happiness and responsibility...
Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on why an encouragement feast during a family meeting is so great and how it helps a family become... read more
View Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD's video on Progress versus praise...
See Fernando Pullum, MA's video on Teaching your kids responsibility...
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Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD Psychiatrist, and Author, shares advice for parents on a few techniques that will teach your kids the cycle of excellence through practice and... read more
Watch Video: Focusing on a child's gifts more than grades and test scores by Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD, ...

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