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Should You Try to Reignite Your Child’s Passion?

There are times when a child loses the passion for an activity that was once there burning bright.  When it happens parents who like to “fix things” are often tempted to make strategic efforts to reignite the lost enthusiasm of their child.  Before you get out your blow torch to light a fire under your…
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The Adversity Factor: Is Your Child a Prisoner, Settler, or Pioneer?

“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”  – J. Willard Marriott Any cyclist will tell you that riding downhill or downwind is a lot of fun.  It’s possible to go fast with little effort.  However, if your life depended on the strength and endurance of someone on…
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Top Ten Ways to Undermine Your Child’s Confidence

Everyone knows the importance of self-confidence.  Some people argue, rather convincingly, that if you had to choose between being slightly more competent than confident, or slightly more confident than competent, choose confidence every time.  “Fake it until you make it” will take you farther than competence laced with self-doubt. Parents want their children to be…
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Why We Have Conflicts and What to Do About It

Fights, quarrels, arguments – whatever you want to call them – we all have them with someone from time to time. Ironically, it’s usually with someone we care about, not some stranger or even an acquaintance!  In other words, a family member or close friend is often the recipient of our worst behaviors during a…
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