My friend Josie sent me this amazing article from New York Magazine by Po Bronson, written in 2007.
Josie is traveling along with me on my journey of home teaching my son, Wilkin, and constantly supporting me with wisdom, tools, and encouragement. We all know that Wilkin is smart - sometimes too smart for his own good. But we also know that it's a struggle to help him learn, especially when he doesn't want to.
I'm learning more about him and myself as we travel this journey, and this article was incredibly helpful to me. It takes a while to read, but I hope it will be as beneficial to you as it was to me. Maybe, like me, you are you are your child's primary educator. Maybe you're an engaged parent ... I like to consider myself a co-teacher along with my daughter's fourth grade teacher, even though she is the primary educator of my daughter. Maybe you're a person like my friend Josie, who is invested in your friends' children because you care very deeply. If you fit into any of those categories, you'll benefit from How Not to Talk to Your Kids: the Power (and Peril) of Praise.
I welcome your thoughts.