How to get kids to reach their full potential

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How to get kids to reach their full potential

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Parents always ask me how do I know if my kid is reaching his full potential or they usually say I don't think my kid is reaching his or her full potential. What should I do about it? And this is a tough question because you don't know really what the full potential is. it's one of those things where someone might bloom in tenth grade and up until tenth grade they have been not doing well, not excited about school, kind of getting C's, maybe an occasional B. All of a sudden, they have got through puberty, they have made it through the social issues and they get excited about a subject. Someone might not bloom until college. Someone might think that they are a math science kid in second grade and you do all this math and science and they change their mind and become a theater arts kid when they hit high school. Here's the thing, you are not going to know when your kid is reaching his or her full potential. All you can do as a parent is love them unconditionally and give them the resources they need that when they are ready to reach their full potential, they know you are behind them all the way. So allow them to be creative, allow them to take risks, allow them to do great in some classes and maybe not as great in others. Allow them to explore lots of different activities and let them know that you love them, no matter what, no matter who they are, no matter when they bloom. And that support is going to lead to a kid eventually reaching his or her full potential.

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Denise Pope, PhD

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Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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