“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” What he meant was that effort counts for a lot. Special talent only counts for a little.
Here are some ways to inspire your teen to give his best effort:
• Notice progress. If your teen has improved his writing or is becoming more organized, praise him! It takes many steps to achieve a goal. It’s nice to be cheered along the way.
• Never identify your teen by his grades. Laurence Steinberg, a teen expert and professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, says there is no such thing as a “B student.” There’s no such thing as a C student or an A student for that matter. Grades can always go up after hard work. A grade is a picture of your teen’s last test. It’s not a picture of his ability.
• Talk about effort, rather than talent. If your teen brings home an A on his essay, don’t say, “You’ve always had a knack for writing.” Instead, say, “you put hours into this essay. It really shows.”
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