Where you’re at is a good place to start

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”~ Nido Qubein Sometimes, our children can become frustrated and disheartened at not being able to do or achieve something straight away. They can feel like...

There’s a problem with praise!

Often, as parents, we believe that praising our children is a great way to motivate them. We believe praise can ensure sustained, or even improved, performance going forward. Unfortunately, not all praise is effective. Some praise can even reduce motivation and levels...

Not all practice is born equal

We often encourage our youngsters to improve skill in something through regular practice. We are often advised that regular practice is the key to improvement. We encourage our children to repeat and repeat and repeat, over and over and over, in the belief that their...

Ditch your “Don’t”

Have you ever noticed that, when you tell your children, “Don’t do this or that,” they either just keep right on doing it, or they stop doing it and start doing something that is equally not what you want? They’re not, not wanting to do what you want. It’s all to do...

Never underestimate youngsters

We should never underestimate youngsters. In this interesting talk, 12 year old, Thomas Suarez explains how he taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like “Bustin Jeiber,” a whack-a-mole game, shows us how he’s using his...

Learning: Surface Vs Deep

There is much debate about the value of deep learning over surface learning. Deep learning is all about making connections, transferring learning to different contexts and creating new things. Surface learning is all about collecting knowledge and information. But...