“Be Extraordinary” for Teens by Mindvalley

Schools are closed throughout the world and more than a billion children are learning from home. In these times of uncertainty amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Mindvalley is offering its tailored online programme – Be Extraordinary for Teens – for free! This will be great for educational institutions turning to e-learning for unique ways toContinue reading ““Be Extraordinary” for Teens by Mindvalley”

How Adults Affects Young Children’s Persistence

Raising children with persistence. This is a topic that has been very close to my heart since G1 was little. Whether you want to refer to it as persistence, mental toughness, grit, or a growth mindset, I think it all sort of boils down to the same thing. Grit is a “firmness of mind orContinue reading “How Adults Affects Young Children’s Persistence”

Gender Stereotypes: Like a Girl

Let’s talk about gender stereotypes. I wrote about it once before but I made the mistake of thinking it was a message we needed to convey only to the girls. I never thought about the consequences of not discussing this essential topic with boys. It Begins with Conversations When G1 was little, I read aContinue reading “Gender Stereotypes: Like a Girl”

Lessons from a Hiking Adventure in Kota Damansara

Over the Summer Holidays, we took a hike through a new trail in Kota Damansara. I had never been there before, but I thought we would try something new. I think I remember seeing the words “family friendly” somewhere and figured the boys could manage it. The trail we took was pretty easy up untilContinue reading “Lessons from a Hiking Adventure in Kota Damansara”

Is Your Child Ready for the 21st Century?

“Soft skills”, “21st century skills”, or “learner skills” (as they call it at our school) – these are the new buzz words for education in the 21st century. We’ve probably talked about them to death – especially about how important they are for helping our children succeed in life after school. No one debates thisContinue reading “Is Your Child Ready for the 21st Century?”

Competitive Fire – Favourable Odds and Conditions

This is the last post in a series of articles I have written on competition. The first three articles can be found below: Competition – Why Kids Need to Play to Win Being Competitive – Warriors vs Worriers How to Increase Your Child’s Competitive Fire In this article, we will examine several variables that affectContinue reading “Competitive Fire – Favourable Odds and Conditions”

Learner Skills for Kids in the 21st Century

For our children be successful when they get out into the real world, they will need more than a report card with good grades. They will need a number of intangible skills that we often refer to as “soft skills” or “21st century skills”. At our school, we call them “learner skills”. To help usContinue reading “Learner Skills for Kids in the 21st Century”

How to Increase Your Child’s Competitive Fire

In our earlier posts, we wrote about how competition benefits our children and how genetics can affect our children’s disposition towards competition. In this post, we’re going to look at how we can increase our children’s competitive fire. 3 Things Parents can do to Increase a Child’s Competitive Fire According to Po Bronson and AshleyContinue reading “How to Increase Your Child’s Competitive Fire”

Being Competitive – Warriors vs Worriers

We have always examined competition from the point of view of how it can benefit a child’s development but we have never examined how individual children might respond to competition. We know that children are 50% what nature has given them and 50% what nurture has done for them. Even though there is not aContinue reading “Being Competitive – Warriors vs Worriers”