Make Yourself Extraordinary

I love the below quote from Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.”
Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success    

Let’s teach our kids to do the work!  As adults, we know that there are no shortcuts.

Happy Monday!

A Checklist of Summer Fun

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Now that we’re about half way through summer, you may be starting to hear “I’m bored!”… does that ring a bell?  Good heavens, what are we, our kids’ personal social planners? I was recently chatting with a friend about our kids, and how for some reason they think we are responsible for setting them up to do something “amazing and fun” with friends everyday!  What happened to playing outside with the kids on the street, riding your bike or skateboarding to the park, or just simply jumping in the pool?

In search of ideas, I found this “Fun Summer Activities Checklist” on the Real Simple website. http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/summer-activities-00100000082747/index.html

I love it!  I actually pasted it into Word and added a few select activities of my own, then  allowed each of my kids to make a checklist of their own, using this one as a guide.  Of course I had to set some boundaries or my son would have added a Travel category and expected a 4 day weekend in Rome!  All joking aside, I’ve found that my children tend to keep it simple when they feel empowered to be adventurous and “in control” of their time. Along the way, inject some lessons of gratitude… for summer, free-time, ladybugs and butterflies, a sense of adventure, popsicles, whatever!  There’s no shortage of things for our children to be grateful for, but as you know, sometimes they need to be reminded:)

Give your kids a chance to be their own social planner and see what they come up with… you may be surprised!

Have fun!

Let Them Play

iStock_000021122207XSmallWell, Here we are about halfway through summer.  Looking back over the past few weeks… which by the way have flown by… I’m feeling reaffirmed in my thought process of kids just needing to play.  I stumbled across this great article “Why Free Play is the Best Summer School” written by Jessica Lahey.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/06/for-better-school-results-clear-the-schedule-and-let-kids-play/373144/

The article states, and I quote:  “Unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we give our children.  It is fertile ground; the place where children strengthen social bonds, build emotional maturity, develop cognitive skills and shore up their physical health“.

My kids are both very sporty, and therefore, typically over-scheduled with practices and games.  While I try to strike a balance, it’s sometimes tough, and it’s article like this that bring it back to center for me.

Check out the article and share your thoughts.

Until next week… it’s time to Play!!