Big Idea: Less is More this Holiday Season!
We’re coming off of a weekend where our inboxes were crammed with major discounts.
Everyone with a job in marketing went above and beyond this year. Truly. I was sucked into several offers and ALMOST hit that ‘buy now!’ button.
Until I remembered:
My wife and I recently sold our 4-bedroom home with two 2-car garages on 2 acres. The sale wasn’t as hard as the downsizing. What had we been doing those 19 years we lived there (besides raising kids)? Accumulating STUFF!
We ended up giving away about 70% of our things and moving into a 1,200 square-foot apartment where we are very happy.
This week, try this: As you’re thinking about Secret Santas at school, family gift giving/drawings, consider collecting cash and donating it to a LOCAL group who does things for the kids in your community. Here, our churches, the library, the food pantry, and the local high school all have great programs. Because who really needs another holiday mug with chocolate inside?
Quote: "The best gifts come from the heart, not the store." (Sarah Dessen)
Resource: Student Self-Talk: Part of growth mindset is understanding that there is always more to learn, and that we need to emphasize the process over the person. I work with a little 1st grader in a little school district who was reading at the 4th grade level in Kindergarten. I’m worried that she when she doesn’t get her way or when she comes up against something even a little challenging, she will have a breakdown and quit learning UNLESS we start emphasizing a growth mindset. Instead of telling her, “you’re so smart!” we should be saying something like, “you are so hard-working!”
Dad Joke: What did Jay-Z call his wife before they were married? Feyonce.
Have most excellent week, everyone!
Matt Weld, ROE 40 SEL Coach