The Pain of Perfection: I’m Tired Of People-Pleasing, And You Should Be Too

By | 2017-10-19T15:21:04+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Evolution|

It’s one of the more exasperating interview answers. You ask someone to name a workplace weakness and she says, “Well, shucks, I’m a bit of perfectionist” (cue eye roll). These days, we see identifying as a “perfectionist” as a way to fake self-criticism while secretly patting yourself on the back. Because, after all, employers should see [...]

Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy

By | 2017-10-13T16:40:53+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Parenting|

It’s not easy to recognize learning disabilities in our kids. To the untrained eye, disorders like ADD or ADHD might look like laziness or lack of self-control—traits that many of us were (wrongly) brought up to believe are problems of character rather than problems of neurology. And we worry, that by labeling a problem we’re [...]

How To Parent With A Brave And Breaking Heart

By | 2017-10-12T02:25:11+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Parenting|

There’s a myth in our society, that turning into a parent is like turning into a butterfly. You’re supposed to be transformed not just into “a mom” or “a dad,” but into MOTHER and FATHER. You’re supposed to be a warm hug and an all-seeing symbol. You’re supposed to be full of new rhythms and [...]

Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?

By | 2017-10-09T17:39:41+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Getting Gritty|

Once, on my birthday, a friend gave me a pot full of dirt and spiky green blobs. "It's a cactus," she said, when I asked about light exposure, fertilizing schedules, soil mixes. "Water it sometimes." I did water it sometimes, and it grew. As I write this, its spindly arms wave over my bookcase like an underfed orchestra conductor. My [...]

Welcome to Yellow Parachute

By | 2017-10-12T02:24:50+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Evolution|

Dear Parents, Educators, and Yellow Parachute Families, As we ease into autumn and refresh our routines, I want to extend a warm welcome to the new school year, and a new stage in Yellow Parachute’s evolution. We’ve spent the last eighteen (Eighteen?!? Joyfully, yes!) years curating a team of extraordinary learning coaches—educators whose passion fuels [...]

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