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Are You a Destructive Responder?

Researchers have found that people use four key styles of responding to the good news of another person. Do you know yours? Imagine that your child has just told you they’ve been picked to be the soloist in the online choir. That’s epic! Think about how you could respond to them: “That’s great.” (It’s polite but...
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How to Get Your Kid to (Not) Try Harder

When I was growing up, dinner was my least favorite time of day.  First, there were the five very explicit rules. You will be in your seat, quiet and ready to eat at 5 pm. You will not complain or ask for something else. No dessert if you are not done when the adults are....
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Strengths-based Gifting

People are forever telling you that there is a secret to a happier, more successful and more fulfilled life.  I am here to tell you that it’s NOT a secret—Anyone can practice the dependable skills that researchers have shown us really do work. You absolutely can Become happier and more optimistic on your own terms...
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3 Rules for Adulting

The future is closer than you think. But you’re worried that your kid isn’t trying hard enough and may be dooming their chances at a top college acceptance. This is a very typical belief of parents whose kids are “smart” but don’t seem to be cranking out the school work in an efficient or optimally...
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Your Easy-As-Pie Resilience Recipe, Step 3: Revel in Your Resilience (Embrace Homemade)

  While baking your resilience pie, you’ve observed yourself and used what you’ve noticed to recognize your own patterns. You see yourself clearly. Now how do you grow from where towards where you want to be? How can you increase your natural resilience? Celebrate what’s going right so that you can help it to be...
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Why Your Millennial is Perfect for Today’s Work

Before I was an entrepreneur, I imagined being discovered by a company who was looking to hire me. In my fantasy, work was full of fun, friendship, and flexibility. Maybe I was born too soon, since working like a millennial had not even been invented yet! More and more companies are creating millennial-centered company cultures,...
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Why You Need to Shine the Light on Your Star Quality

Do you remember the last time people praised you for doing a great job, but all you could think about were the things you could have done better? Because our brains are hardwired to see and solve problems, it’s normal and natural for us to gravitate towards the negative. When stuck in self-critic mode, though,...
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Say Thanks Like You Mean It

When you were a child, how many times did someone encourage you to say “Thank you?” Though it may feel like heckling, consistently encouraging your kids to express thanks is key to building a life-long practice of gratitude. Gratitude-building starts early. Very young children learn that people appreciate socially desired behaviors and this makes kids...
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