1. Rachel, this is such wonderful advice. My wife and I learned many lessons along the way with three children and we adjusted when we found ourselves harping on things too often. It is akin to taking your foot off the accelerator and coasting a bit. We also found the best lessons are delivered with a calm instructive voice which is heard. So, encourage loudly, instruct softly. Well done, BTG

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  2. Reblogged this on newTeachrtips and commented:

    I really liked this post! It can be applied to teaching very easily – how a teacher motivates his/her students to keep trying can affect the children for the rest of their schooling (and even lives). If there is a climate in which mistakes are learning moments, students will not feel like failures when they don’t understand a concept. They will be encouraged to persevere and think about the idea until they get it! Learning from their peers will be welcomed, rather than cheating. This is an essential part of a positive learning environment!

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  3. Thank you for this post–amazing, life-changing, wonderful, inspiring, beautiful and such great advice. How many lives will change for the better because of this post! Thank you! 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on The Forever Years and commented:

    A well-thought out article by Rachel Macy Stafford, the author of “Hands Free Mama”, with great ideas to be mindful of when “teaching” our kids… I for one am going to try to remember these! 🙂


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