Last week, when I was putting my son to bed, he got chatty, as children do when they’re being coaxed into doing something they don’t want to do. A few days into fourth grade, he was finally ready to talk about it (after days of me prodding him with questions about his teacher, his classmates, what they’d been doing - anything!).

He wanted to tell me about a poster on the wall in his classroom. It has a picture of a glass containing liquid and it encourages the reader to change their attitude about something by changing their perspective on it. The old glass-half-full vs. glass-half-empty exercise. It prompted some deep thoughts in the 9-year-old.

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