Parents & Guardians - Steve Barkley

Podcast for Parents – Talking About Grades: Focusing on Growth

Having a conversation with your child about a report card with lower than expected grades is never easy.  Currently, more parents than ever are in this position with the impact of the COVID quarantine and virtual learning. Planning for these conversations can lead to the development of important life skills and mindsets as well as […]

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Podcast for Parents: Parents & Homework

Dr. Cathy Vatterott, The Homework Lady, tells how she started a 20 year career researching the impacts of homework when her own child learned in a different way from what assignments his teacher provided. She shares myths about homework and gives guidelines for parents including suggestions regarding communicating with teachers about your child’s homework impacts. […]

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Podcast for Parents: How to Keep Kids Motivated Learning At Home

Kimball Lewis, CEO of, shares insights on parents working with student motivation for learning at home. He identifies the need to create a structure that many students find in school but don’t associate with being at home.  Kimball also addresses dealing with kids’ opposition to required “work.” Visit Empowering Parents here. Subscribe to the […]

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Podcast For Parents: A Mindset During COVID-19

Our mindset often initiates many of our unconscious behaviors. This podcast explores a mindset continuum that moves from fear to learning to growth. Reflect on where your mindset falls at different times and select some conscious behaviors you my want to take to stretch into learning and growth. How can some conscious behaviors develop family […]

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Podcast for Parents: Building Learners’ Intrinsic Motivation

When our behaviors are motivated internally, it increases positive emotions, generates feelings of satisfaction and meaning. This can help improve and build contentment and confidence in the long term. It can also results in more sustained interest, excitement, confidence, persistence, self-esteem, and performance over time. This podcast contains steps you can take as parents to […]

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Podcast for Parents: Patience for Parents and Learners

Patience is an important parenting, life, and success skill. Examine your continuing development of patience and the importance of and strategies for modelling and teaching patience to your children. More time with “school learning” at home requires increased patience on all our parts. We can all benefit from developing more patience. 4 Steps to More […]

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