Letting kids fail & grow, a Google+ hangout on air
with Adonal Foyle Former NBA star and Michele Borba, Today Show’s parenting expert
part of Emotional Smarts: Conversations on parenting
Wednesday, June 4 11 am PST (2pm EST)
Moderated by Carol Lloyd, executive editor
When is it ok to let kids fail and when is it better to protect them? How do you teach kids to learn from their failures and turn them into successes? Everybody experiences failures in their life but for many parents it’s hard to watch their kids fail without stepping in to rescue them.
Join us for Letting Kids Fail & Grow – the next Emotional Smarts: Conversations on Parenting Google+ Hangout series – for a wide-ranging discussion about teaching kid’s resilience in the face of obstacles with former NBA star and education advocate Adonal Foyle and the Today Show’s parenting expert Michele Borba.
Together, these will bring their divergent life experience to offer ideas and tips on dealing with one of the most misunderstood areas of parenting: the balance between supporting a child’s self-esteem and letting them experience (and grow from) failure.
Join us for a spirited exploration of failing to succeed parenting paradox and jump in with your questions. Wednesday, June 4, 11 am PST (2 pm EST)
How does it work?
Just sign up via Google+ and jump in with your questions, then log on at the appointed time to participate. In this unique forum, you’re invited to join the video conversation by contributing advance and real-time questions and comments via the Google+ hangout page or Twitter. If you can’t make the live event, no problem, you can watch it later on GreatSchools or SocialMoms.
About the Emotional Smarts series
GreatSchools, SocialMoms, and If You Can, the company behind the game If…, created the Emotional Smarts, a Google+ hangout series to brings some of the most insightful voices in parenting, education experts, and influencers from other fields together to talk about developing emotional intelligence in our kids – and ourselves.
For the first hangout, ivory tower met reality TV when director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Marc Brackett spoke with America’s Supernanny Deborah Tillman. Over the next few months, we’ll pair experts with divergent views to explore a common parenting theme and offer practical wisdom and tactical advice.
Adonal Foyle is a retired veteran NBA star who also founded Kerosene Lamp Foundation and Democracy Matters. Adonal grew up in the tiny nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, where his quest for a college education ultimately led him to the USA and into the NBA is an amazing and inspirational story of ambition, hard work and a little bit of luck. Growing up in impoverished circumstances in the Caribbean dramatically influenced Adonal’s worldview, and off the court, he is an activist with a deep commitment to the community, especially young people.
Despite being recruited by all the top basketball colleges, Adonal Foyle made the unorthodox decision to attend Colgate University, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. A major factor in this decision was his desire to leave college with a strong academic grounding, which he sensed would be harder to accomplish at a school where you were a basketball player first and a student last. Adonal makes numerous community service appearances and founded two non-profit organizations: Democracy Matters (www.democracymatters.org), a non-partisan campus-based project working to get big money out of politics and people in; and Kerosene Lamp Foundation (www.KLFkids.org) which uses basketball to engage and empower at-risk youth to grow into healthy and well-educated leaders in the Caribbean and USA. Adonal graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University, and has a Masters in Sport Psychology at John F. Kennedy University.
Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an educator recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s behavior, character, build strong families and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented workshops and keynote addresses throughout North American, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and has served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including work on US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002.
Carol Lloyd, Executive Editor at GreatSchools, is an award-winning writer and editor whose work on education and family life has been widely published, including The New York Times Magazine and This American Life as well as being featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, KQED’s Forum and NBC’s Class Action, among others.
SocialMoms is a digital media company with one of the world’s largest networks of women influencers — comprised of more than 45,000 bloggers, sites, and social media personalities with a combined social reach of more than 200 million. Founded in 2008 by Megan Calhoun, the company creates high-impact, custom media campaigns that shape perceptions and drive action.
If You Can is a new gaming company founded by Trip Hawkins, Jessica Berlinski, Stewart Bonn, and Ben Geliher dedicated to supporting and empowering children and parents to value and understand themselves and others. Its first game IF…, a social-emotional learning game for children, is now available at the Apple App Store.
GreatSchools is a digital media nonprofit that helps millions of parents get a great education for their children, support their children’s learning, and find great schools. Every year, GreatSchools reaches more than half of all American families with school- age children, bringing them school information, educational activities, articles, and videos.