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Perfectionism: 8 Tools for Parents with Kids Afraid to Fail


Written by: Renee Jain & Lee L. Krecklow

You know the pain. You, whose daughter is nauseated, hunched over the toilet. She’s worried sick that she won’t recall each of the facts she memorized for her history test today, a subject in which she currently has an A. And you. You, too, know the pain. Your son doesn’t sleep at night, and you stand outside his door listening to him cry because of a mistake almost a week...
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Child Anxiety

3 Powerful Ways to Turn Your Child’s Mistakes into Springboards for Success


“Wow, she’s a natural at soccer.”

 “He's like a math prodigy!”

 “Did you see how well she plays the violin? And she’s only five.”

Growing up, I was in awe of children and adults alike who displayed raw talent in sports, academics, music, and other areas. In fact, I thought such talent was the only path to success.

Don’t get me wrong—My mom attempted to influence me with the truism, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.”...
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Emotional Intelligence

Stop Saying, “You’re so smart!” 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids


“You’re so smart!”

“You’re so creative!”

“You’re so . . . [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]”

The other day during a frantic scramble to get my one-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick—slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by herself. She then stared at me as I sloppily filled the stroller with diapers, toys, string cheese, and other random items until I rattled off something...
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