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The Effort Myth: How to Give Your Child the Three Gifts of Motivation Kindle Edition
Are you a well-meaning parent who tries to motivate your child by reassuring them that they just need to try harder?
Do you believe that gritty effort is the key to their success?
If so, you may believe in the false promises of the effort myth. Students often do try harder, and some make short-term improvements. However, focusing on effort may even make a student’s problems worse.
No one should have to suffer to be able to learn.
Of course, effort is necessary for work to be done successfully. However, trying harder is not sufficient by itself. That’s because it’s not how hard you try that leads to success; it’s how you try hard.
Written by a learning specialist with decades of experience teaching and coaching thousands of students and parents like you, The Effort Myth: How to Give Your Child the Three Gifts of Motivation will guide you to:
• Participate more effectively in the education of your children
• Know when you need to step in and when you need to let your children figure it out themselves
• Help in ways that will enable your children to grow in ability and Independence
“With clarity, empathy, and humor, The Effort Myth takes complex, murky spaces in parenting a struggling adolescent and makes them clear, actionable, and relatable. As an experienced clinician in this field, I find this book is spot-on from a developmental and family systems perspective. As a parent, it really speaks to my heart.”
Lauren A. Killeen, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Founder/Director, Social Emotional Educational & Developmental Services (SEEDS)
About the Author
Sherri Fisher has taught thousands of clients how to successfully challenge the effort myth. She is the director of Learn & Flourish, an education coaching and consulting firm, where she develops personalized, research-based tools for struggling learners and families. Sherri earned her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Learn more at TheEffortMyth.com.
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What can you do when your child has lost motivation? The Effort Myth is the guided journey that you need to get and stay on track. Sherri Fisher's practical approach is both easy to understand and implement for parents trying to do what is best for their child to thrive beyond schoolwork to lifetime learning. Through humorous and poignant stories, Fisher's practical parenting and learning strategies help you to see your struggling child and yourself in liberating, positive, and constructive ways. I will find myself revisiting this work to provide support academically and socially while we, as parents, create a foundation for our lifelong learners.
Continental Realty Corporation
Former student, current (parent) client, and lifelong learner
In The Effort Myth, Sherri begins at the heart of it all - the parent-child relationship. With clarity, empathy, and humor, she shares concrete coaching strategies and questions that will transform how parents communicate with their children. It is from within this fortified parent-child partnership that any parents can give their children the gifts of competence, choices, and self-direction.
Lauren Killeen, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Parent
Social Emotional Educational & Developmental Services (SEEDS)
The Effort Myth is Sherri Fisher's best book yet. Sherri shows us that education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor and that each child can learn how to learn. I wish that The Effort Myth was available when I was growing up and later when raising my own children. I highly recommend this for parents, teachers, and adults who themselves were challenged learners. Using well-founded research and years of experience as a coach and educator, Sherri's approach is personal, engaging, and accessible. I even walked away with some powerful learning about myself!
Sandy Lewis, PCC
President, Positive Shift Coaching
The world of education and learning seems a lot more complicated than it was when today's parents were students. In this book, Sherri Fisher busts the "effort myth" - that admonishing kids to "just try harder" is the answer when they are struggling in school. If that sounds like your child, you want Fisher on your team. This book is the next best thing.
Author of Future Widow and host of The Widowed Parent Podcast
The Effort Myth is chock full of great student-empowerment tools for parents and educators alike! I'm even going to encourage my own two college-age children to read it. The useful tips and insights can help them strengthen their own learning journeys!
High School Teacher, Retired
Coordinator of the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition
The Effort Myth is like finding a best friend to help you through the troubled waters and challenges of parenting kids who struggle in school. It's full of helpful insights and wisdom told in story form. If I had but one wish for all my fellow parents and friends it would be to share this book. Sherri Fisher is a gift to us all.
Kevin Rea, Founder,
Rea Company Homes
Builder of The Year, Custom Builder Magazine--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B09L1N62N5
- Publisher : Positive Edge Press (3 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2574 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 265 pages
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Lots of parents tell their children to try harder because they believe that’s what leads to success in school and life. They do it out of love, but it backfires. In The Effort Myth Sherri Fisher teaches us that performance isn’t about trying harder but about how hard you try.
This book is a tool kit that offers parents and educators lots of actionable strategies to help their children and students overcome challenges. I love Fisher’s voice and the book is super easy to read and practical. I highly recommend it.
This book completely altered my perception of how we learn and how we can best empower kids to learn and acquire the skills & strategies to be successful—it absolutely blew my mind.
If only I’d have known about this years ago! It would have completely changed my approach to teaching!
I am recommending it to every parent and teacher I know!