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In a world of educational chaos, where can you turn to help your child flourish? Join Carol Lloyd as she dives into the science and stories behind how kids thrive. From how kids become math-phobic to what's going on inside your teenager's brain, it’s the science of learning, fun and unspun. Visit us at greatschools.org/likeasponge for links to resources and more.

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    • Education
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

In a world of educational chaos, where can you turn to help your child flourish? Join Carol Lloyd as she dives into the science and stories behind how kids thrive. From how kids become math-phobic to what's going on inside your teenager's brain, it’s the science of learning, fun and unspun. Visit us at greatschools.org/likeasponge for links to resources and more.

    Humility’s bad rap

    Humility’s bad rap

    We want our kids to be confident learners. We tell them to “speak up in class” and “fake it till you make it.” What about that old-fashioned virtue, humility?  New research suggests it may be the key to learning. 

    • 19 min
    Gifted!

    Gifted!

    We all want to give our children the best we can. To how much we care. But research suggests that a more lasting gift parents can give their children is the personal experience of giving back.   

    • 18 min
    How about a little gratitude?

    How about a little gratitude?

    Grateful kids are happier, more engaged in school, and more satisfied with their lives. Here’s why gratitude is such a game changer in our material-and-status-obsessed world. We talk to researchers, kids and a Somalian refugee about how gratitude goes beyond niceties and changes lives.

    • 19 min
    Liar, liar

    Liar, liar

    Today’s kids see celebrities, business moguls and politicians lie with impunity. Here’s how to teach kids the value of honesty and how they should apply it.

    • 33 min
    The power of purpose

    The power of purpose

    Research shows that a sense of purpose makes people happier, healthier, and more successful. Yet just 40% of adults say they feel a strong sense of purpose in their lives. We talked to researchers, parents and kids about how you can help your child begin a path toward a meaningful life.  

    • 18 min
    The forgiveness cure

    The forgiveness cure

    Decades of research show that the ability to forgive is a life skill that helps us survive life’s misfortunes. In this episode, we tackle some of the biggest misconceptions about forgiveness head on, and explain how teaching kids to recover from everyday hurts now will make them resilient to life's bigger blows later.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Meeee2456889 ,

Love it!!

Season 2 was my favorite, but loved it all. Very well done and entertaining.

Peerful ,

A great listen and learn on parenting

A delightful mix of well informed, well presented, and utterly humble and human. This is no finger wagging from on high; more like a coffee with a well read fellow traveler on the path to better parenting.

Francis J231 ,

My favorite so far!

What an interesting and inspiring review! Nazi woman rescued and redeemed by unconditional love! I am sending this one to everyone I know - it’s a hopeful, optimistic story thats very needed at this time

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