MORRISTOWN, NJ – Many well-intentioned parents are worried about their kids making mistakes and are concerned about bolstering their children’s self-esteem when we're actually doing more harm than good, according to Jessica Lahey, author of the book "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed."
 
Lahey spent more than ten years teaching middle and high school students and she has become somewhat of an expert on this topic, especially after her 2013 article in The Atlantic entitled, "Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail," went viral.
 
What's the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Jessica summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure.
 
 
Jessica offers parents, teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed.
 
Lahey’s talk is on Thursday, November 17th at 7:00pm. It is free and open to the public. The Peck School requests interested parties to register online at www.peckschool.org.
 
 
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The Peck School
 
The Peck School is a co-ed, independent, K-8 day school in Morristown NJ with a century-old reputation for academic excellence and emphasis on character formation.  With a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, The Peck School strives to build in each student the capacity for disciplined learning and consideration of others, while preparing students to succeed in secondary school and to lead healthy, productive, and principled lives.
 
Find bright beginnings in our Lower School (Grades K-4) and a tradition of leadership in our Upper School (Grades 5-8).  Learn more at www.peckschool.org, or call our Admissions office at 973-539-8660 x 117.