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Cleveland Magazine: How Revisiting Family Heirlooms Brings about New Meaning

I'm a bit late (OK, a lot late) in sharing my latest essay for Cleveland Magazine. Its real headline (the one you see here) is the one my editor gave it, but I just like to call it "The Oma Pan." It's a story of stuff and memories and clutter and grandmas—I hope you'll take… Continue reading Cleveland Magazine: How Revisiting Family Heirlooms Brings about New Meaning

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Capable Kids Q&A: Differently Wired

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Do you receive my newsletter? For new Capable… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Differently Wired

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Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Tips for Kids

Q: Can you focus on building an elementary kid’s confidence—in particular ages 6-8? A: This is such a fun, exciting age of possibility—early elementary kids are usually fairly agreeable, and they can do far more for themselves than they could a few years earlier when they were in preschool or kindergarten. (And preschoolers and kindergartners… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Tips for Kids

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Capable Kids Q&A: Young Perfectionist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: Last night my 3rd grader was getting… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Young Perfectionist

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Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Through Action

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: Hi Sharon! I was having a discussion… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Through Action

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Capable Kids Q&A: Camp Fear

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your questions; keep them coming.) Q: My almost 12-year-old was supposed to go to sleepaway camp… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Camp Fear

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Capable Kids Q&A: Reluctant Cyclist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: How can I encourage my 9-year-old only… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Reluctant Cyclist

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Capable Kids Q&A: Procrastinating Teen Artist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Capable Kids Q&A: Procrastinating Teen Artist Q:… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Procrastinating Teen Artist

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The Latest: My New Article + Bonus | Can I Help? ❤️| Tidbits

Hey there, Around here winter has reached that stage I'm calling the Great Softening. Finally, finally, finally, the temperature is getting above freezing every day and the drip of water and shrinking snow promises that spring is slowly creeping in. Once again, spring will win. This, plus good news about COVID numbers, means I'm feeling… Continue reading The Latest: My New Article + Bonus | Can I Help? ❤️| Tidbits

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New York Times, Sharon's Published Work

Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health

Allowing kids to try to meet (and master) real-life challenges helps them build a healthy, protective sense of self-efficacy. Happy to share my latest for the New York Times. Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health Published online February 11, 2021, and in print on February 14, 2021.