Teach Your Children R-E-S-I-L-I-E-N-C-Y

Since before I became a mother I have loved reading Brain, Child. It’s tagline is, “The Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” and it’s been called “The New Yorker for Moms.”

Brain, Child Summer 2013 cover

So you can imagine how excited I was when a piece I wrote appeared in this summer’s issue. It’s a book review of Madeline Levine’s latest book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success.

Teach Your Children Well Amazon cover

I love reading and I love writing so I really enjoy doing book reviews, especially on non-fiction parenting books like this that are based on research and practice, but accessible to all parents– definitely what I hope Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture might be able to accomplish (shameless plug alert: the first press release for the book went out today!).

One of the skills Levine emphasizes is resilience, something I see in my own research on competitive kids’ activities as well. Last week if you watched the Scripps National Spelling you saw this directly. The winner, Arvind Mahankai, won on his fourth attempt (after finishing third the past two years in a row and going out on a German word each time– though he won with a German/Yiddish word this year). Please click through to my latest at Psychology Today to read more on how competitive children’s activities like the Spelling Bee can help boost kids’ competitive kid capital, and build more resilient individuals.

Here’s the link: “How Do You Spell R-E-S-I-L-I-E-N-T? National Spelling Bee highlights the importance of resilience in childhood.”

We should all teach our children as well as Levine and Mahankai’s parents.

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