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Create a wall of fame.

What you can do

Display your grade-schooler’s artwork and other achievements in prominent places in your home.

What you can say

“Sofia, what a beautiful map you drew for social studies. I’m sure Mr. Murphy is going to appreciate all the detail you included and the beautiful colors you chose. I’m going to make a copy of it and frame it.”

“Do you think it will look good in the family room or over the desk in the kitchen? I want it where we all can enjoy it. You can pick the frame and let me know where you think we should hang it.”

Why this will help

Kids who deal with failure a lot need to be reminded as often as possible that they’ve performed well in areas that are important to you and your family. Displaying artwork, sports trophies and other items will remind your child that she has strengths and talents. It will also show her that you recognize and value her abilities.

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