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10 Inspiring Books for Teens

Not long ago, when my son started sixth grade, he came home with questions every night that we hadn’t addressed in the innocent world of elementary school. For example, he would ask, “What does ‘that’s what she said’ mean?” I’ll be honest. I didn’t know how to respond… partly because I wasn’t up on the movies…

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How to Change Your Mindset

If you’ve ever had goals and dreams that didn’t come true, you’re not alone. An incredible 92% of people say that the goals and resolutions they set for themselves each year never get achieved. With stats this high, there must be something in common that’s holding them back. After studying the 8% who do accomplish…

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Smart Goal Setting for Teens

According to recent studies, only 20% of the population sets goals, and as many as 92% of those goals are never achieved. That said, I’ve never met a highly successful person who doesn’t regularly set personal goals. Goals are critical. They keep you focused on what’s important, and allow you to make the best use…

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37 Affirmations for Teens

In his work, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, Shad Helmstetter teaches us that we’ll become what we think about the most. “Your success or failure in anything depend on your programming – what you accept from others, and what you say when you talk to yourself,” he says. To illustrate this point,…

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6 Strategies For Teaching the Growth Mindset

Albert Einstein is considered one of the greatest geniuses of all time, though rumor has it he failed high school calculus. As you might imagine, this is an exaggeration ‒ Einstein didn’t remember getting anything but A’s. It’s possible that this story had something to do with his math skills. Despite his amazing intellect, Einstein…

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How to Instill Intrinsic Motivation

For many years, my son Daniel disliked math. He simply found the subject boring. He struggled with his homework problems, and we both became increasingly frustrated. He certainly wasn’t developing a love for math, and every technique we tried felt counter-productive. It was taking a toll on our relationship. Then, one day, an idea popped…

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Improving School Climate

Because of modern advances in brain imaging technology, over 90% of what we know about the human brain today was discovered in just the past 20 years [1]. Perhaps the discovery of greatest import, though, is the plastic nature of the brain – its ability to grow, develop, and change throughout our lives.  At no…

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Powerful Sayings for Students

When I think back on my childhood, it’s funny what I remember.  Yes, the big events and the times of intense drama.  But what I think of even more are the little sayings that have stuck with me through the ages. Every time I’d use the word “hate,” my mom would say, “You don’t want…

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