What challenges have you overcome?

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What challenges have you overcome?

So, I think some of the biggest challenges in my parenting have been around having two kids with dyslexia, some pretty serious learning differences and helping them be confident about their own learning and become great self advocates. I feel actually really good about it, it was challenging but I, they are on their paths now and I'd say, the other major challenge in my parenting has been that I'm married to a guy who's Indian and we share world views, but when you have kids, you begin to really understand how they are different parenting styles around the world and we had a kind of work through those over the years. And the other challenges having kids that are four and a half years apart. When they're young, it's a pretty wide age span, you know, you try to find a movie that works for both of them, you can't go on a bike ride together; over time, that difference narrows and now it's really quite easy and now we are a family together, but in the early years, that was a challenge.
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Linda Burch is a co-founder and the Chief Education and Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media, a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and the independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Linda leads Common Sense Media’s education efforts, new program and strategy development.   She is the architect of Common Sense Media’s K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship program that is now being used in over 35,000 schools across the country.  Her current focus is on steering strategic development of Common Sense Media’s new learning ratings initiative and establishing international partnerships to bring Common Sense Media’s digital literacy and citizenship programs to countries around the globe.   

Prior to Common Sense, Linda was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Planning at SyStemix, a biotechnology company that she helped build and then sold to Novartis. From 1985 to 1990 she was a strategic management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, where she served healthcare and consumer-products companies and prior to that she spent five years in investment banking at Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch, where she negotiated joint ventures between U.S. technology companies and the People's Republic of China.  Linda received her MBA from Stanford University and her bachelor's degree from Yale.  She has two kids who love media as much as they love being outside.




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