Homeschool Masterclass

Kids These Days

An episode of Homeschool Masterclass

By Matt Beaudreau
A series of daily motivational quotes, phrases and strategies from Matt Beaudreau, CEO and founder of Acton Academy Placer and Homeschool Master Class. Matt speaks directly to home-schooling families, motivated teens, and parents looking for front-line, research-based tips! Stay tuned and start listening today!
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What You Dwell On Affects Every Aspect of Your Life
Mindset affects everything. From your attitude, mental health, to things as big as how a team functions together. Success is not about how smart you are, it's about how you choose to think about things.  Matt Beaudreau talks about success within a team, individual success, and how to actually be happy.  Mindset. Happiness. Education. Memorization. 
July 10, 2019
Close-Mindedness and Censorship: We're Combating Both
As many of our followers know, we have an event happening on June 22nd, 2019. An event that is intended to shine a light on the diminishing ability to debate and share ideas in this country, most prominently on college campuses.    The slogan of the "No Safe Spaces" movie by Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager is "What happens on campus doesn't stay on campus'. And as censorship on campuses is normalized, so the same can be seen on social media. That includes us trying to get the message out about our event. When attempting to run an ad for No Safe Spaces, we were met with adversity. Due to Facebook's policies, we cannot run ads unless we identify as partisan. 
June 3, 2019
Transitioning to Self Direction
Humans hate change, it's just our nature. But there's a lot of change that can be good, such as you or your child's transition to being self-directed. In this episode Matt talks about how that transition can be different for everyone and how traditional school can hinder that transition.
March 28, 2019
Change your Mentality, Change your Life
It's easier to focus on the negative. We all do it sometimes. Where problems occur is when we can't switch that perspective to something positive and that negative mindset continually drags us down. In this episode Matt Beaudreau discusses how to be an "emotional ninja".
March 14, 2019
What is the Hero's Journey and What Does it Have to Do With You
At Acton Placer we say that everyone has their own hero's journey. But what do we mean by that? How can you apply it to your life? Matt Beaudreau details all. 
March 12, 2019
Are Reward Systems Evil?
Matt Beaudreau breaks down the idea that all reward systems are bad and he discusses the reward system that is in place at Acton Academy Placer, how students benefit, and the long-term effects it can have on their development. 
February 4, 2019
Copy The People You Admire
One of the household contracts that Matt Beaudreau has in place with his family is to "Be a copycat". This doesn't refer to dressing the same as someone else or becoming an exact replica of that person. It's taking the admirable character aspects of another person and working to emulate that in yourself. 
January 17, 2019
Generational Shifts and Declining Emotional Strength
 The generation of young people coming into the workforce and the military does not seem to be one of emotional strength.  Matt tackles how perspective in parents can aid or quash anxiety in a young person's development. 
January 16, 2019
Kids These Days
It's common to hear from the older generation that kids are not like they used to be. And that's partially true, but if anything it's the parents who have changed in their raising methods.   Today Matt breaks down the change in culture with the internet, schooling, parenting trends, and how to build resilience in our children to create a stronger generation. 
January 8, 2019
Focus On Your Child, Not Other's Opinions
There's always trends in parenting.  Matt Beaudreau dives into some abstract pieces of advice always given to parents that often lack much behind them.  Lead by Example Have A Growth-Mindset Stop Parenting Based on Other's Expectations
December 7, 2018
Self-Awareness Determines Success
Matt Beaudreau discusses the importance of mindset and self-awareness and how they can impact your child's future.  You wouldn't tell you're child they are an amazing singer if they're not. A 55 year old man wouldn't pursue a career in professional football because that's what he's passionate about. Passion alone does not determine success. Self-awareness, mindset, and bringing passion into that will.
December 5, 2018
Building Resilience
Matt Beaudreau discusses resilience as an intentional development. The parent sets the example, and the child follows.  Get Perspective Toughen Up Mentally Actively Be the Architect of Your Own Fate
December 4, 2018
Your Child and Self-Direction
It's a common misconception that a teacher or an expert is a necessary, or even the most important element in order to learn anything. But reliance on a select individual will limit how much your child can truly learn. Children need opportunities to learn from other people, peers, books, research on the internet because they won't have a teacher leading them throughout their adult life.
December 1, 2018
Extra Birthday Attention
It's Matt's Birthday! But he doesn't generally openly share that information. Why? Well because the way we treat people as extra special on their birthday is how we should be treating people every day.  Including our kids. He doesn't mean celebrating with a cake every day. We need to continually make sure our children know that they are loved, and being and feeling loved might mean different things for every child.
November 30, 2018
Contract Obligation at Home and School
Matt Beaudreau discusses what the contract is, how it's used at Acton Academy Placer, and how that can be transferred to the home environment. 
November 28, 2018
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