Do you empathize too much?
September 19, 2018

The Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano, struggled with math and science as a youngster. Her dad wanted to help her feel better so he said, “I’m bad at those, too.”

Can you imagine a more well-intentioned statement?

It didn’t make Florence Ann feel better, though. It made her feel defeated.

Someday, she says, she plans a different approach with her own children if they find those subjects difficult. She’ll say something like, “I had the same challenge when I was in school. This is what helped. Do you think it would help you?” Or whatever. Anything to suggest -- indeed, promise -- there’s more to come on the subject(s).

So you haven’t mastered everything yet. So what?

“Yet” is a magic word. Just ask Mindset author Carol Dweck!