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  • Sam shared from Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine PhD
    Self-esteem is not bestowed, it is earned. We help our children cultivate healthy self-esteem when we encourage them to set meaningful goals and then to work toward them with effort and perseverance. One child’s goal is to swim the length of the pool; another’s is to come in first at the regional competition. As parents, our job is to help our children set goals that are realistic, challenging, and safe.
    Note: Real self-esteem is earned. Don't coddle your kids. Much less controversy for #teachyourchildrenwell
  • Sam shared from Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine PhD
    Our willingness to take a stand about what matters to us helps our children develop a “story” about who they are. If every time your child is nice you notice and praise him, and if every time he is sneaky or mean you discipline him, then your value system will become clear. Parents help their child’s growing sense of self by providing a general narrative about how much they value their child and a specific narrative about the qualities and behaviors that are most admired. In part, this is the function of having family pictures around the house, making videos of family vacations, and instituting...
    Note: Family rituals help children create personal narratives. #teachyourchildrenwell
  • Sam shared from How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
    Indeed, we learned that just as the fast-food restaurant had been improving the milkshake on dimensions of improvement irrelevant to the jobs that customers were trying to do, our schools were improving themselves on dimensions of improvement irrelevant to the job that students are trying to do. There is no way that we can motivate children to work harder in class by convincing them that they should do this. Rather, we need to offer children experiences in school that help them do these jobs—to feel successful and do it with friends. Schools that have designed their curriculum so that students...
    Note: Schools need to have students feel success everyday #HowWillYouMeasureYourLife
  • Sam shared from How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
    This matters. A child who has heard 48 million words in the first three years won’t just have 3.7 times as many well-lubricated connections in its brain as a child who has heard only 13 million words. The effect on brain cells is exponential. Each brain cell can be connected to hundreds of other cells by as many as ten thousand synapses. That means children who have been exposed to extra talk have an almost incalculable cognitive advantage. What’s more, Risley and Hart’s research suggests that “language dancing” is the key to this cognitive advantage—not income, ethnicity, or parents’...
    Note: Talking to babies is the key to cognitive advantge, not income, ethnicity #HowWillYouMeasureYourLife
  • Sam shared from Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child by Mary Gordon
    the factors that had an effect on whether people actively helped Jews to escape or avoided becoming involved. A clear picture emerged of the relationship the helpers had with their parents. “Parents of rescuers, more than parents of bystanders, tended to emphasize caring and the application of ethical obligations to all people, reasoned with the children in disciplinary encounters, and used relatively little physical punishment. Parents of rescuers also modeled caring behavior in their interactions with people outside the family, as well as in the way in which they administered discipline and...
    Note: factors that affected if people actively helped Jews escape-parents modeled caring behavior

Sam

(Charlottesville, VA USA)
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