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How do you encourage your kids to excel?


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Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Awesome answer, MarleneB! That's how I was raised, too. My parents never held me back, they just held me safe (with words or otherwise) and encouraged careful thought before making decisions..

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Gabriel Wilson says

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago

    So true! You never can tell them enought that you love them. I never heard my parents that they loved me....but I did my best for my kids! Even if they are in their thirties now, I continue to tell them!


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Stephanie Bradberry (StephanieBCrosby) says

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Laura Schneider says

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    Lizam1 3 years ago

    Sometime we learn by failing at something for example I failed math but I am great at writing and art and creative pursuits. Failing math, in my opinion, does not mean I am a disappointment to someone or that I am not a success.


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A. Riter says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Bravo! Well said, A. Riter! We all know THAT parent, and it's a nightmare for parent and child!

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peachy (peachpurple) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Yet another great mom, peachpurple! Your kids are VERY lucky to have you as their guiding light.

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Chitrangada Sharan (ChitrangadaSharan) says

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    Lizam1 3 years ago

    I agree with you Chitangada Sharan. Well said.

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Koralee Phillips (KoraleeP) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Awesome! I use this trick when managing employees/team members: praising them in advance for the work that you know they can do. Works magic! Example introduction, "Yes and Fred, here, is our expert at ____". Soon, Fred makes that come true.

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Dr. Zia Ahmed (ZIa Ahmed khan) says

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Lizam1 says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Lizam1, I respectfully disagree. I think that what you just said, "Being the best you can be..." while enjoying life DEFINES excellence! It's not about being the brightest kid in class on a particular subject, it's about doing YOUR best. Win-win!


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Sakhi Deshmukh (cjpooja26) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Excellent points--"hard work" needs to be demonstrated more often to kids. While kids enjoy appreciation, adults shouldn't need it to achieve success. Getting a kid from childhood to adulthood--independence--involves preparing them for hard work.

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Patricia Scott (pstraubie48) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    pstraubie48, you're another great mom! Your kids are so lucky to have a mom with expectations of personal excellence from the child: not winning, necessarily, but doing the best they can. I like the way you think!.

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kidscrafts says

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ARSHAD MAJID says

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    Sheila Craan (Craan) 3 years ago

    I love your reasons and quote Xpressrite! Thank you!


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Disillusioned (C.V.Rajan) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    You made me laugh, but you're definitely right: computers are immensely important! Kids need to get an early start (preschool) in order to "Excel". If a kid can't use a computer, it's a disaster: almost all jobs in the US require computer skills.

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Devika Primić (DDE) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Sounds like you've got one great kid, DDE! Good job! (Maybe he's gifted even? Maybe he can take some special classes because of it? Just a thought/wish for you.)

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    Sheila Craan (Craan) 3 years ago

    Thank you K Morris! I recently married and my husband and I are thinking of adopting, since we both have a grown-up child from a first marriage. My daughter lives in Germany and his son is sadly distant. We want to have children of our own to grow as


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