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The lovely Kelly behind Idealist Mom recently wrote an article about how to parent your giver-uppers. How do you teach perseverance to children who just don’t even want to try?

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You’ll have to read the article to discover the one little trick she recommends!

We love it because it jives with our Rule of 5 on Easyread – for every correction you have to make, praise 5 things that your child has done well. Genuine encouragement for achievements – whether baby steps in the right direction or really big accomplishments – have a powerful effect on your children’s perseverance.

How do you encourage your children not to give up?

Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, a groundbreaking online program for children with reading difficulties. Get a free 10-day trial at