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Critical Thinking: How to Grow Your Child's Mind, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Critical Thinking: How to Grow Your Child’s Mind

What kind of thinker is your child?  Does he believe everything on TV?  Does she always figure out how to get what she wants?  Does he ask questions?  Does she go along with what her friends suggest?  You can help develop your child’s critical thinking skills by learning a few […]

Curiosity
Character Development: A Role for Community Leaders, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Character Development: A Role for Community Leaders

Coaches and community leaders educate by example. You might know a baseball coach who motivates kids to succeed off the field as well as during games.  Or a pastor or rabbi who listens intently without judgment when kids struggle to figure out who they are. These people are gifts in […]

Integrity
Yes! Teachers Can Develop Character Strengths, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Yes! Teachers Can Develop Character Strengths

A teacher’s job extends far beyond academics. While teachers are hired to develop children’s skills and abilities in academics like reading, writing, history, geography, and math, there is a lot more going on in the classroom than meets the eye. Opportunities abound for students to develop hope, fairness, humor, valor, […]

Integrity
How Families Develop Character in Children, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

How Families Develop Character in Children

Parents and families play a key role in character development. Parents who create positive home learning environments know that communicating about academics and homework is important.  They also understand that family values get passed from one generation to the next.  But how we instill values and character strengths in kids […]

Self-Awareness
Why Character Counts, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Why Character Counts

It’s simple. Character counts because character increases well-being and leads to a life of fulfillment.  It is widely acknowledged that character  –not beauty, high test scores, or wealth – account for life satisfaction. So how do children develop character during their academic climb from kindergarten through high school? Educational goals […]

Resilience
Teacher Maria Rosa Reifler Inspires Students, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Teacher Maria Rosa Reifler Inspires Students

Meet Maria Rosa Reifler, a fifth grade teacher at Wilcox Elementary School in East Los Angeles who gives her students more than core curriculum.  She teaches them about the value of living a life that matters. I’m struck with how Mrs. Reifler models the concepts of positive youth development in the […]

Integrity
Music Training Fosters Children's Success, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Music Training Fosters Children’s Success

Ah, the power of music training! I was reminded a few days ago when reading a ScienceDaily research article, Childhood Music Lessons May Provide Lifelong Boost in Brain Functioning, just how powerful music training can be in a child’s life. The article says music lessons can pay off for decades, […]

Creativity
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