Podcast Episode 36: A New Way of Thinking About Intelligence for a New World

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 36 of The New Family Podcast!

We’re joined in this episode by Doctor of Education Joanne Foster, a teacher, consultant, university lecturer award-winning co-author with Dona Matthews of the books Being Smart About Gifted Education, and Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids. She’s also the author of Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination. Joanne has some really interesting insights to share about the many facets of our kids’ intelligence that are important today, which include not only academic knowledge, but creativity, emotional and social development, decision-making and life balance. She shares tips for fortifying success in times of challenge and change, and strategies on how parents can provide the safe, nurturing environments where kids can build on their own intelligence in response to an ever-changing world.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Joanne.

Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids by Joanne Foster and Dona Matthews

Joanne’s website

Joanne’s blog

Joanne’s column on The Creativity Post

Being Smart about Gifted Education by Joanne Foster and Dona Matthews

Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination by Joanne Foster

Memorable Quotes from This Episode

“Intelligence is knowing what a bear is, but smarts is knowing what to do when you see one.”–Joanne Foster

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”–Stephen Hawking

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”–Albert Einstein

Joanne’s Favourite Parenting Advice:

“This comes from a preschool teacher who said, ‘Always be gracious and forgiving with children.’ And I think it’s very wise advice because she said we should always help children find a way out when they do something that gets them backed into a corner or when they have difficulty making their way. Because every day is full of new experiences and kids may have a hard time navigating the twists and turns. So if they shout, or if they stumble or get argumentative or lose control, we really have to be respectful of the fact that they’re still finding their way. So basically this teacher told me, and a number of parents, that if we remember to be gracious and forgiving our children learn to be that way, too.”

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