Strategies for long term success

Denise Pope, PhD Senior Lecturer & Author, shares advice for parents on the best strategies to help your child be successful long term in life
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Strategies for long term success

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As a parent, there is lots of ways to help your child succeed. The best thing is to keep the big picture in mind. You want a healthy, happy, productive 35 year old, 45 year old, 55 year old. If you are only looking at how they are doing in school in Second Grade by their spelling test scores or by their writing or reading scores, you are not keeping the big picture in mind. How do we help them succeed? Think about what does my kid need down the road? They need to be resilient. Don't solve their problems for them. Let them solve their own problems. They need to be creative. That means, let them play, let them follow their passion, let them fool around on the internet or off the internet; creating things they love. They need to love learning. You need to model that in your own home. You want to show a love for reading, a love for exploration. How do you help your child be successful? Make sure they are healthy, happy, and challenged and stop pressuring them to get the grades. In the long run, that is going to make for a more successful kid.

Denise Pope, PhD Senior Lecturer & Author, shares advice for parents on the best strategies to help your child be successful long term in life

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Denise Pope, PhD

Senior Lecturer & Author

Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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