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Words of Wisdom on Parenting from Adam Grant, Brilliant Thinker of 21 century

Wisdom on parenting comes from Adam Grant, an American psychologist, author, and father of 3.

WISDOM TO RAISE A MORAL CHILD

Be concerned about your child becoming kind, compassionate and helpful. The value that matters is caring. Praise the character to help children internalize it as part of their identities. Say: “You’re a good person, even if you did a bad thing, and I know you can do better.” Remember that action also shapes character.

WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE CREATIVE?

Limit your many rules to a few values and encourage your child to think for themselves and to find “joy in work” through nurturing their curiosity.

STOP ASKING KIDS WHAT THEY WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP

It forces them to define themselves in terms of work. Instead, invite them to think about what kind of person they want to be – and about all the different things they might want to do.

EXPAND AWARENESS OF THE ROLE MODELS BEYOND YOURSELF

It helps children see the things that haven’t been seen before. Nurture their impulse to be original, and help them find their own role models in various ways – literature, fiction, living or past.

ARGUE IN FRONT OF YOUR KIDS RESPECTFULLY

Teach kids to argue and learn the value of open and thoughtful disagreement. Witnessing arguments – and participating in them – helps us grow a thicker skin. Argue as if you’re right AND listen as if you’re wrong.

RAISE YOUR CHILD TO BE RESILIENT

Kids’ brains are able to adapt quickly to new and stressful situations. Mattering: knowing that others notice you, care about you, and rely on you. It’s the answer to the question, do I have significance in the world? To build resilience, we can stop shielding kids from ordinary setbacks and start giving them the freedom to play, explore, and resolve conflicts on their own. “Prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child.”

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Written by Anna A. Block

Anna A Block is an educator, entrepreneur, and a mother of three little girls ages 7 and under. She believes in a beauty and power of ordinary, daily mundane. It is where the magic happens and memories created for a lifetime. And, it takes only 20 minutes of "pure" time to tell a story, play, read, talk, make or learn something together. Anna is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and is learning Hebrew. To know more about Anna, visit her website: AnnaABlock.com or read about her on About Us page.

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