Why it’s important to develop ‘grit’ in your kids

A recent talk, titled "Developing Grit: Overcoming Inner Obstacles," was delivered to parents of students at De La Salle Santiago Zobel School. The speaker, Dr. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor, explained how parents today are getting in the way of their children's character development. Villasor opened her lecture by asking the audience to think of jeepneys, whose body designs include taglines such as "Katas ng Saudi" and "Pagdurusa, sikap, tiyaga." Villasor was amused at how the West has relabeled character development or "grit" as something new, when Filipinos "live it, we don't write a book about it." But Villasor pointed out that she would often see well-intentioned parents and their k...

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