If you’re not failing all the time, you’re not succeeding at all, according to Deb Ross, publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com. Writing can propel a child’s success much faster than almost any other skill. In the podcast, Deb shares her secret to encourage kids to not only write, but foster gratitude in them as well. Her real-life examples will spark your own ideas…because writing and gratitude transcend all boundaries.
Teach Kids to Fail Well
Deb chronicles her failures (and successes) in her weekly KidsOutAndAbout.com newsletter. Deb runs KidsOutAndAbout.com a parenting resource and BeyondTheNest.com a resource for active adults over 55 with locations all over the United States. Both websites list fun activities and things for families to do in their area.
“Good writing is not the appearance of good things that happened but it goes to the heart of the matter. You allow your own vulnerability to shine through a bit and let that be what readers connect with because every parent feels vulnerable,” Deb says.
Her mission has been to help parents become their child’s tour guide to this great adventure called life–and to enjoy the trip right along with them. Deb’s recently published book Seasons and Reasons: A Parent’s Guide to Cultivating Great Kids is a compilation of her parenting philosophy and advice for cultivating a child’s thrill of lifelong learning and discovery.
Writing can propel a kid’s success much faster than almost any other skill. In the podcast, Deb shares her secret to encourage kids to not only write, but foster gratitude in them as well. Her real-life examples will spark your own ideas…because writing and gratitude transcend all boundaries.
Deb also comments on how anyone can change their own story by writing. Kids can even change their own behavior, alter future outcomes, and give themselves courage through writing about what goes on in their lives. Plus, listen in to see what she thinks about kids and texting.
Take Home Message (listen to the podcast for the full scoop):
- Fail early and often – schools don’t teach kids to do this. Show kids your own failures and construct circumstances where they can fail “safely”
- Want to help kids love to write? Try helping them write gratitude notes…it helps kids, businesses, and people
- Kids who write will propel their success much faster than almost any other skill. It will distinguish them from the people who can’t write well.
Lifestory Toolkit: 5 Minute Journal
This episode’s Lifestory Toolkit features a book AND an app – yet it’s the same thing! It’s called The Five Minute Journal. And get this, it’s based on positive psychology research. The Five Minute Journal says that it will prime your brain, cultivate gratitude, and put you in a growth mindset. It starts by including a daily inspirational quote, and then asks you “What are you grateful for today?” And gets you to think “What would make today great?” That puts you in a positive mindset. Then, at the end of the day, you can capture your best moments with a photo-of-the-day, plus a reflection: what were the best things happened in your day? The book is the paper version of this tool and includes weekly challenges.
Free Download: 21 Ways to Capture Family History
About: Deb Ross
Debra Ross is founder and publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com and BeyondTheNest.com. She is the author of Seasons and Reasons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Great Kids, which was released in March 2015. It is a compilation of short essays on parenting that recognizes that we fundamentally parent by the season: A family’s rhythms are governed in large part by the weather, school schedules, and holidays. More about KidsOutAndAbout here.
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