A kid’s point of view: A surprising thing about change

By Colleen, age 12

What do you think  the most determining factor in change is? This quiz I took on psychology today’s blog let you choose from five answers: your genes, your upbringing, a combination of both, a combination of both plus luck, or something else.

Uh, Mom? When are you going to take a picture of me playing soccer? Hello?

Uh, Mom? When are you going to take a picture of me playing soccer? Hello?

I chose D, which was genes, upbringing and luck. But the answer was E, “something else,” and that turned out to be so simple: Just making a conscious, specific decision to change is what helps people do it.

This is cool because it supports my ‘positive’ mantra, which is nice because i thought it was just the placebo effect. But the article says you can’t just be positive, you need to be specific about what you want to change. That seems doable, don’t you think?

In other news, my big sister got accepted into a master’s program this week, right before her graduation from Manchester University. She is a psych major who is going to work with autistic kids. Isn’t that awesome? Also, the high school baseball team played a sweet game last night to beat Homestead 3-1. It was really a battle, so the Norwell fans were really excited when we made the last out. Now if we win on Tuesday, we will become conference champions! (I normally gripe about my brother, but I like to cheer on his team.)

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3 Responses to A kid’s point of view: A surprising thing about change

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Change is a big subject to wrap one’s head around, even for grown ups, so the fact that you’re getting such an early jump is excellent. Keep it up, and remember this: The key to change and happiness is to remain teachable. Do that and your possibilities are limitless.

    • tischcaylor says:

      Thanks for your support — Colleen really finds it inspiring. (Now if only she would respond to the comments on her posts instead of getting me to do it, that would be a change worth celebrating!)

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