It's January - the month when we look to the new year ahead with promises to ourselves and resolutions to improve, including our resolve to be better parents. As we contemplate parenting in the new year, I'd like to share a recommendation for 2020 and beyond - focusing on being present with our children. My children are 26 and 28 years old, and I'm still working on being a better parent and learning how to put aside my work and be present.
Head of School Blog
I feel very lucky and grateful to define my life around Laurence School - a place where the concept of a "growth mindset" is foundational to our school culture. Having a growth mindset, a term coined by Stanford professor Carol Dweck, Ph. D., means that you believe you can improve, learn and get better through your effort and hard work. You believe that talent and intelligence aren't fixed, but cultivated through learning and practice. We deliberately teach our students and encourage our faculty and staff to develop this mindset, which helps people view challenges and failures as learning opportunities.
Today is World Kindness Day - a day celebrated all around the world to inspire people to focus on how they can be kind to others, themselves, and the planet. This is a made-for-Laurence holiday, if there ever was one! In today's world, we believe that it is incredibly important to raise kind kids - children who want to help make the world a better place and "proactively spread kindness," as one of our teachers recently phrased it.