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Acing the Stress Test

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." -Louisa May Alcott Think of it as stress as a vaccine. A fantastic article in the New York Times over the weekend looks at the science behind something Dojo parents and instructors have long known: that stress in appropriate doses helps us learn how to cope with anxiety-producing challenges in a way that makes us more successful in life. In contrast, children who are always shielded by their parents from stress and anxiety grow up far less suited to navigating life's challenges later on. From a logic standpoint, that makes sense. From a DNA standpoint, it's a little tough--we're hard-wired to want to protect our children from a

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