9 Ways to Help Kids Practice

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Teach kids the value of practice and turn them into give-it-their-best achievers who take pleasure and pride in their accomplishments.
By Jeff Bredenberg
Flick on the television, and there’s a rock star with screaming fans or a player whacking a baseball out of the park. Our children didn’t see the years of guitar study or the hours spent swinging in the batting cage. No wonder kids hate to practice. What fun is it laboring at a skill if they’re just ...

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Competing Views on Competition

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JUST before bedtime on a recent night, two toddlers marched reluctantly to the bathroom to brush their teeth. And on the way, my four-year-old son told his little sister: “I’m going to win. I’m going to win!”

At toothbrushing.

I have one of those, a child with an apparent competitive streak. When Milo and I play baseball, he tells me, “I’ll be the Yankees and you can be a team that they beat.”

A recent article in this newspaper detailed President Obama’s own ...

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Helping Your Child Choose the Right Instrument

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Finding the right instrument for your child is a difficult but important factor in your child’s continued musical success. Forcing a child to play an instrument rarely leads to the love of music making we want. Here are some components to consider when helping your child choose the right instrument.

The first thing to consider is your child’s age. If your child is younger than six, make sure you understand the purpose behind playing an instrument at such a young age ...

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