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The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would…

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Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades.…

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How to Get Your Kids to Like School, Studying, and Just About Anything

Recently, we got some negative feedback from our younger sons teacher. Apparently, he is a bit too laid back in his approach to school. We followed up with the teacher (who is an excellent teacher and one we trust), and it seems he was not very engaged in class, and is not participating in classroom discussions.…

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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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