Category Archives: Raising Children Discipline/Discipleship

In Defense of the Duggar Defenders

I recently stumbled across a blog post that expressed concern not just with the Duggars, but with all those who would defend the Duggar’s parenting practices.  Now, I’m not a huge fan of the Duggars (we’ve only watched the show … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Comparison

. “You need to watch your sister, she’s better at it than you.” I watched my daughters face fall and instantly regretted my words. I tried to make up for it, explaining that she wasn’t bad, and gave examples of … Continue reading

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“Socialization” and being an introvert

(This post could also have been titled: Why I Won’t Be Going to my High School Reunion)  ;) I think I’ve earned something of a name for myself amongst my close friends who A. don’t even bother to invite me … Continue reading

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Freedom of Choice

My boys taught me a really interesting lesson today, and I thought I would share it with you… First, a little bit of background info:  The rule of our house is that most toys are communal but there are some … Continue reading

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The Myth of Natural Talent (and ability, and intelligence, and personality, and…) – part four – Mindset

. Why can praising intelligence actually jeopardize a child’s success?  Why are positive labels (“you’re so smart!  you’re so talented!”) dangerous? Last week, I wrote about a neurological substance called myelin which is responsible for the speed at which neurons … Continue reading

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The Myth of Natural Talent (part three) – How failure leads to success

I’ve just finished reading two books that I’m pretty certain are going to change my life.  In my continued research on achievement and deliberate practice, I’ve discovered more than I ever expected to find.  I started my research to help … Continue reading

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The Myth of Natural Talent (part two) – Deliberate Practice

I mentioned yesterday that one of the things studies have found that differentiate those who are great at something vs. those who are merely “good enough” is deliberate practice.  Scientific research shows that the quality of practice is just as … Continue reading

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