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They already know you are a right-fit addition

John Adams quote
Your college is counting on you to do these things. And they already know you are a right-fit addition.

May yesterday’s news boost your confidence a few levels higher.

The significant four-year merit-based scholarship you earned is proof that you are indeed a valuable addition to their college community.

Please don’t squander this recognition of your whole-self.

You earned this. 

Your college recognizes that you earned this.

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So I Told Him This

“My goal is to help you”.

Had a “deep” conversation with our son (9) last night. He has several chores he’s responsible for. One of them is daily. This is the one that we discussed last night.

We finished our simple dinner from our screened-in back porch. The sun had set and it was dark outside, with only the light from inside the house gently illuminating our peaceful surroundings.

Conditioning led me to first offer a consequence for not doing what he is supposed to do. Then it hit me, what about a reward for doing it, instead of a punishment for not? We agreed to use both.

Generally, children are conditioned to think, “when you don’t do something you get in trouble”. I reminded him that the goal isn’t to catch him doing it wrong. The goal is grand and noble. And the goal is deceptively simple.

“My goal is to help you”.