Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?

Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?
My parents put both me and my sister in piano lessons as a kid. My sister was a natural; she played beautifully and it came easily to her. I, on the other hand, was definitely not a natural. My parents insisted I practice every day for 30 minutes, which I hated and did not seem to help me improve.  Day after day, they patiently listened to my terrible playing without complaint. For five years they encouraged me to continue saying I would thank them someday...

Do You Allow Your Kids to Fail?

Do You Allow Your Kids to Fail?
  I try very hard to let my kids fail so they will learn to cope with life’s difficulties with grace. I hope you try to do so too. When I say “try”, it’s because I am well aware how difficult it is to stand back while your child struggles. Hard as it is, it’s important; in real life there are winners and losers. Not everyone gets a trophy. We all want our kids to be resilient. We also want them to have happy wonderful perfect lives. These two de...