Grit Bits

The Spirit of Gratitude

The Spirit of Gratitude

Take a minute!   Once again, the holiday season is pushing down upon us from every which way… the relentless commercials, crowded parking lots, music being piped through speakers, extensive lists, and twinkly lights sprouting up around town. We’re anxiously awaiting the first measurable snowfall […]

Reframing Failure

Reframing Failure

The power of the word ‘yet’ Can’t you feel that twist in your gut as soon as you’re faced with what you perceive as a botched disaster? Here’s what I think… We need to think about and respond to failure differently. When faced with something […]

Time to get Uncomfortable!

Time to get Uncomfortable!

It’s time to get uncomfortable! Kids (and adults, too) should practice being uncomfortable. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s easy when a child’s life is running smoothly… picking up new soccer skills easily, reading fluently, getting along with siblings (!!!), and loving every […]

“Too” gritty?

“Too” gritty?

Can one be too gritty? Boy, did I struggle with this question when I was researching grit. Patriot Day, the name now given to the remembrance of 9/11, reminded me of this question. I mulled over the horrific goal those terrorists set, the planning, training, […]

Behavior is Proof of Character

Behavior is Proof of Character

Behavior is proof of character. This is a saying I have used many times during my years of teaching fifth graders. Think about it. No one is able to know what we are thinking (thank God!), and so we are judged on our actions, the […]