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Montessori Parenting Without a Montessori School

4/16/2019
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You’ve no doubt heard that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were educated at Montessori schools and attribute much of their success to that upbringing. So, what if you want those kinds of opportunities for your kids, but you don’t have the resources or the opportunity to do that where you live? The answer, according [read more] The post Montessori Parenting Without a Montessori School appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:31:48

Teaching Your Kids to Think Critically and Detect C.R.A.P. Online

3/5/2019
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This week I got a chance to chat with digital literacy educator Diana Graber. Diana is the author of RAISING HUMANS IN A DIGITAL WORLD: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology and the creator of Cyber Civics, a course taught in 42 States and 4 other countries. It was an eye opening discussion and [read more] The post Teaching Your Kids to Think Critically and Detect C.R.A.P. Online appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:18:29

Curiosity, and the Invention that Almost Never Happened

1/30/2019
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One day, nine-year-old James was in the kitchen with his mom’s sister. Well, while Auntie was sitting at the table having a cup of tea, James was standing at the stove watching the tea kettle boil. And he was just fascinated with it. He watched as the steam came out of the top of the [read more] The post Curiosity, and the Invention that Almost Never Happened appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:03:25

“Is that really what I need to be happy?”: How one Summer in Bombay Changed Me Forever

11/28/2018
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Ami Desai Mathur was born in New York, a first-generation natural-born American citizen. Her parents were born in India and immigrated to the United States after getting married. During her first few years of life, Ami spent half the year living in New York and half the year in her aunt and uncle’s home in [read more] The post “Is that really what I need to be happy?”: How one Summer in Bombay Changed Me Forever appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:11

The Shared Blanket: Life’s Most Important Lesson in a Single Story

10/30/2018
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Imagine you had to pick a single sentence to encapsulate all of the world’s knowledge about how we humans should behave. What would it be? What one statement could capture several millennia of history’s best thinkers, philosophers, and prophets on the topic of ethics and morality? I think you’d be hard pressed to do better [read more] The post The Shared Blanket: Life’s Most Important Lesson in a Single Story appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:03:49

Why I Wish I’d Never Bought That Fancy Red Sport Car

8/30/2018
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Jun-seo’s father loved fine automobiles. He always drove nice cars himself, and went to all the high-performance car shows — a real car aficionado. So Jun-seo grew up with a taste for fine cars himself. Having his own fancy sports car someday was a goal he set for himself at a young age. But buying [read more] The post Why I Wish I’d Never Bought That Fancy Red Sport Car appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:34

The Gift We Love to Receive But Hate to Give

8/2/2018
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Not too long ago, “ropes” courses were all the rage. Remember those? Outdoor team-building programs where people climb through trees on ropes and ladders. The idea is that going through some hardship together builds camaraderie and team spirit. So learning the value of patience was not what Dave Orewiler expected from his nine-day ropes course [read more] The post The Gift We Love to Receive But Hate to Give appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:53

How to Build Confidence in New Situations

7/11/2018
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I think all parents want their kids to have a healthy sense of confidence, especially when they’re going into a new or unfamiliar situation — like attending a new school, or moving to a new neighborhood. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a proven way to do that in exactly those situations? Well, it turns [read more] The post How to Build Confidence in New Situations appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:03:49

“What do you care what other people think?”

6/13/2018
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One of the most prevalent human frailties — one that begins in childhood and stays with us the rest of our lives — is a concern about what other people think of us. To a 10-year-old, it might be what the other kids will think of her new tennis shoes. To a teenage boy, it [read more] The post “What do you care what other people think?” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:38

The Problem of Getting Something for Nothing

5/16/2018
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Thomas Paine once observed, “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.” If true, that might suggest that something we obtain for free we don’t esteem at all. But so what? Does it really matter if we esteem something too lightly? One person who knows something about that is John Chancellor. Paying for [read more] The post The Problem of Getting Something for Nothing appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:14

What Happens When a Japanese Woman Decides to be Friends with a “Very White Male”

4/23/2018
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Becky Okamoto is the principal and founder of an operational consulting company called the Evoke Strategy Group, LLC. But she’s an engineer by training, and spent most of her career in and around manufacturing. Meeting Marvin Earlier in her career, she was part of the leadership team at a production facility in California. It was [read more] The post What Happens When a Japanese Woman Decides to be Friends with a “Very White Male” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:52

Surviving Prom Night

4/3/2018
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Prom night is supposed to be one of the most exciting events of our lives. At least that’s what Walethia Aquil thought as a senior at Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. Unfortunately for her, it turned out to be one of the worst. Just a few weeks before the prom, Walethia didn’t even think [read more] The post Surviving Prom Night appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:08:51

Here’s What Happens When You Wait Too Long to Say, “I’m Sorry”

3/6/2018
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When Darrell was in the third grade he did something he’s regretted for the thirty-five years since. What was his unforgettable and unpardonable sin? He wrote a poem. A very bad poem. Darrell’s class had been learning the rhyme and meter of several forms of poetry. One particular week they learned about limericks. That’s a [read more] The post Here’s What Happens When You Wait Too Long to Say, “I’m Sorry” appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:05:52

The Only Way to Listen Better by Talking More

2/12/2018
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Listening is one of the most important communication tools we have. In fact, it’s one of the only two requirements for actually having a conversation — the other being it’s far more popular teammate: talking. But even when we do listen, most of us listen with the intent of responding, not with the intent of [read more] The post The Only Way to Listen Better by Talking More appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:13

Dealing with Loss: The Great Berkeley Fire of 1991

1/22/2018
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People lose things every day—a set of keys, a matching sock, or the homework they can’t find on their computer—all minor daily frustrations. Not the kind of loss most people need help dealing with. The kind we need help with is the kind of loss that stops your heart, forever alters the course of your [read more] The post Dealing with Loss: The Great Berkeley Fire of 1991 appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:08:32

Professional Comedian Drew Tarvin Shares an Antidote for Prejudice and Hatred

12/18/2017
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If you follow my Lead with a Story blog or podcast, you’ll know that last week I had professional comedian and self-described “humor engineer” Drew Tarvin on to talk about one of the most attractive parts of human nature — courage. This week I’m having him join me on my Parenting with a Story channel to [read more] The post Professional Comedian Drew Tarvin Shares an Antidote for Prejudice and Hatred appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:13:03

Facing Down the Demon of Perfectionism

11/27/2017
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Giving up isn’t always a bad thing. There are many legitimate reasons to give up on any task. Maybe you’ve accomplished enough of it already. Maybe the cost of continuing outweighs the benefits of succeeding. Or maybe you’ve just lost interest in the goal. But there are some bad reasons to give up as well. [read more] The post Facing Down the Demon of Perfectionism appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:17:12

A Dying Mother’s Gift to Her Children

11/7/2017
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When I was fourteen years old, my mother was diagnosed with an advanced case of pneumonia. For four months, her doctors tried every treatment known to cure it, none of which had any effect. Then they realized why. She didn’t have pneumonia. She had lung cancer. They’d been misled by the strangely uniform and checkered [read more] The post A Dying Mother’s Gift to Her Children appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:06:12

4 Steps to Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle

10/16/2017
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Neil Brown is a psychotherapist and author of the book Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle. He joined me this week to share 4 steps to break out of the too-typical battle of wills parents have with their teenagers. He shared an all too familiar example of parents of teenagers who fall short of their school and [read more] The post 4 Steps to Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:22:47

How NOT to Break a Date with a Boy

9/25/2017
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When Renée was a high school freshman, she did what many fifteen-year-old girls do. She developed a crush on a senior. We’ll call him Dave, and he was gorgeous. He was also smart, and funny, and mature, and he could drive a car. What was not to like? But he was a senior and not [read more] The post How NOT to Break a Date with a Boy appeared first on Paul Smith | Cincinnati, Ohio.

Duration:00:07:02