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Parenting With Playdate Planet

Meryl Neiman

Parenting With Playdate Planet – How Do I Bring Out the Greatness in My Child?

Each of our children is unique and wonderful, but how should we maximize our child’s potential? Who better to answer that question than someone who has helped raise thousands of children and coached teachers, school leaders and parents for many years. Rick Ackerly has been a headmaster of four independent schools and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of education. He is also the author of one of my favorite books for parents: The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children, and writes widely about many child-rearing topics at his blog, On this week’s show, he will explain:

What he means by genius
What are some of the top mistakes parents make
Why it is important to let children fail
Why we should not be giving every child a trophy
Why praise does not necessarily build self-esteem
How to encourage creativity and independence, but retain limits and boundaries
Why parents need to act out love, not fear
How to encourage an enthusiasm for learning

After the show, click on the links on my radio show page and share your thoughts with me via Facebook or Twitter or drop me a line at I would love to hear how you bring out the greatness in your child and I always welcome feedback on the show and/or suggestions for future show topics and speakers!