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Parent Compass: How Failure is a Good Experience for Kids with Guest Jessica Lahey

Episode Summary

In this episode of The Parent Compass on SmartSocial, Jenn Curtis and Cindy Muchnick interview best-selling author Jessica Lahey about how failure can be the best thing for kids to experience. She discusses how we can instill intrinsic motivation in our kids instead of priming them to thrive off of external validation, and she touches on how to approach chores and what she thinks about quitting.

Episode Notes

Jessica talks about the damaging effects of "outcome love"--the kind of love that shows up when kids have accomplished something. She encourages parents instead to focus on the long haul--on the learning and the growth that kids experience throughout their childhood and adolescence. She gives great advice on developing positive relationships with teachers, expressing gratitude, and even the benefits of quitting. About our guest: Jessica is an educator, speaker, and writer. She has been an English, Latin, and writing teacher in middle and high school for more than a decade and writes the biweekly “Parent-Teacher Conference” advice column for the NYT, is a contributing writer at the Atlantic, and appears as a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. About our co-hosts: Jenn Curtis, MSW, Educational Consultant, author, and speaker, owner of FutureWise Consulting. Cindy Muchnick, MA, Educational Consultant, author, and speaker. Check out their new book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World: 


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