Shrink Their Impossible!

Confident handsome smiling asian young man in glasses standing in cafe with arms crossed

Helping children push past their own preconceived barriers has been part of my job description for a long time, but my art teacher recently gave me a fabulous visual of this vitally important concept. He drew a horizontal line on the board with a vertical dividing line one fourth of the way in from the  [read more] …

Noted But Not Nurtured

Mother With Teenage Son Sitting On Sofa At Home Using Laptop

I had an interesting conversation the other day with my friend, Jen. We were discussing the fact that, in our generation, many kids knew their parents loved them, were happy for their pursuits, and yet did little beyond observing what each child was becoming. She nailed it when she stated, “My interests were noted, but  [read more] …

Choose a Life, Not a Checklist

Teenage Girl Doing Shopping For Elderly Neighbour

I don’t believe that years ago colleges foresaw the negative implications of an application process that appears to focus on superhuman achievement. It can almost seem that AP classes need to start in grade school and that the kid should cure cancer before starting college applications. Thus, the agenda of things kids think they need  [read more] …

A New Definition of Better

Pretty young woman making a decision with arrows and question mark above her head

I get the better than question a lot. Is it better to do A or B? Here are some examples: Is it better to take the ACT or the SAT? Is it better to participate in robotics or math competitions? Is it better to take 4 AP classes in the senior year or is it  [read more] …

Putting Feet on Those Dreams

Professional Lab Staff Showing To Little Kid A Specimen

The teen years are a time to imagine the possibilities. Most kids feel invincible and anything seems possible in the golden days of youth. However, their self-image is too often based in fairytale and not grounded in experience.   Summer is the perfect time to help our dreamers turn into doers. Do they think they  [read more] …