1. The Five Secrets to Raising a Good Kid:
Psychologists are Harvard University have found that there are several elements that ares still very important and basic. Here they are.

2. Creativity and the Brain
For years, neuroscientists looked for a “creativity spot” in the brain. Now they know it’s in lots of places, and certain practices can help make you think more creatively:

3.  Heart Mind Well-Being
Heart-Mind well-being refers to creating a balance between educating the mind and educating the heart. Research shows that heart and mind learning are highly interconnected, and that improving children’s social and emotional skills directly benefits their ability to learn and apply cognitive skills:

4. The Growth Mindset
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point:

5. Social-Emotional Learning
Neuroscience is confirming that whether as children or adults, Social Emotional Learning is the prerequisite for maximizing creativity and all forms of academic learning and achievement. The way to the brain is through the heart. Fear, anxiety, feelings of being unsafe, threatened, judged; stimulate the most primitive part of our brains and create a disconnect with the cerebral cortex and executive function. See:

6. Untapped Genius
Jedidah Isler, the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale talks about the incredible potential of liminal space – the place of not quite there and not quite there. “Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be” – Jediah Isler

7. What Adults can Learn from Kids
Brilliant TEDtalk by the brilliant young Adora Svitak about the power of creativity and “childish thinking.”

8. The Incredible Outcomes of Helping Others by Valerie Grisn:

9. How Dogs Smell
Great entertaining science that will help kids appreciate differences. We all have special talents and abilities that others don’t. That’s why we’re better together!

10. FREE Copy of CritterKin book, Poco a Poco


1. Robin Williams: Make Your Life Spectacular!

2. Taryn Brumfitt: Embrace Trailer:

3. Taryn Brumfitt: Embrace (Kickstarter):

4. Susan Boyle: Audition:

5. Beau Dermott: Defying Gravity:

6. Tim McGraw: Be Humble and Kind:

7. Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability:

8. Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight:

9. Chelsea Handler: Never Blow Out Someone Else’s Candle: 

10. Rita Pierson: Every Child Needs a Champion:

11. Julie Lythcott-Haims: Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood:

12.  Tacy Towbridge: Does Creativity Matter in the World of Work?

13. I Choose “C”:


1. Washington Post List of Books that Teach Empathy: