character

Teaching Character: Hope

March 7, 2021

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. You know that little voice, don’t you? That little engine who could - she’s a great teacher of hope. A looming mountain stretched out before her. Her little engine working and working toward making it to the top. She might break down [gasp]. [...]

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Teaching Your Child Character: Grit

January 31, 2021

Oh, if only my Dad were alive to read this. Seriously. If he had one refrain to capture my teenage-hood it would be “finish what you started,” sung in a Metallica pounding anthem way and decidedly not a Broadway play, uplifting way. Finish what you started Finish what you started Finish what you started And [...]

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Teaching Your Child Character: Zest

January 25, 2021

Character teaching time. Today it’s all about zest! Zeal! Joie de vivre! OK, enough with the (!) exclamation points! Let me back up and say this is all based on a character report card developed by KIPP’s and Riverdale Country School in New York City that I learned about from the New York Times. A [...]

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Teaching Character To Your Children

January 16, 2021

What if the secret to success is failure? That was the question the New York Times posed at the beginning of the school year last year and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. The article is about character, about children learning and practicing ‘good character.’ It’s also about teachers (and in some respects parents) [...]

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