Is Your Teen Wise or Smart?

We want our teens to be smart—able to accurately solve math problems or quickly learn new concepts. But being wise is important, too. Wisdom covers the way teens think or make decisions. It’s more than what your teen knows. It’s how their mind works. They don’t just consider their own experience—they keep an open mind and consider other points-of-view. They recognize their shortcomings and acknowledge when their belief is incorrect. They accept criticism, take responsibility for mistakes, and invite others to contribute to their work. In other words, being wise is so much more than being smart.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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