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The Single Most Damaging Mistake Every Loving Parent Inflicts On Their Kids

“You are smart!” I’ve said it to my kids thousands of times over the years. And it’s terrible, awful parenting. Really, it is. Telling kids they are good, or smart, or talented is a surefire way to decrease their motivation and reduce future performance. One of the most common parenting mistakes is to think they…

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Kids and Effort: When Will It “Kick In”?

We are huge here at Study Smart System on praising kids for effort instead of results. The research is in – and focusing on effort instead of outcome results in kids getting better results over time. The reason: kids can control their effort. Still, lots of parents see their kids still not really pushing the…

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80% of “Not Great” Students Have This One Unsolvable Problem – But They Can Still Be Great Students

Are you the parent of a student having problems like this in school? Getting Bs and Cs when you know they are easily capable of As Does not begin major assignments until too late Sometimes doesn’t hand in the homework they completed so they lower their grade Minor behavior problems in school, like talking too…

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They should have had him write "I can always greatly change how smart I am"

How to Learn Sumthing Even if you are Stupid

“I am stupid.” Are these heartbreaking words something you’ve heard before from your kid? Some of the most heartbreaking words a parent can hear from their kid are “I am stupid.” How can you respond to these word without sounding like a dope yourself? Just saying “No you are not stupid” is closer to a playground taunt than…

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Practicing Practice: Mastery, Mistakes, and Tiny Habits

Ask 100 people – they’ve all heard this phrase before: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” I think this phrase is just about the worst phrase you can tell someone, because the time and place for doing something right is after you’ve done it 100 times, and know exactly what to do.…

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