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Anxiety: One Solution to Get Out of this Mess

25shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Everywhere I go, I meet adults (most of them parents) who are afraid for our kids today. We are afraid of what can happen on social media, school shootings, drug abuse, cyber-bullying, terrorism, phone addictions, you name it. Since I see this in every state, I decided to dig…

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Five Dangerous Apps Parents Don’t Know Teens Use

132shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn One decade ago, high school senior, Jessica Logan sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend. When they later broke up, he forwarded the photo to everyone else at her school. This launched her tragic attempt to hide from those who teased her about being a slut. Jessica…

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What You Can Do to Enable Kids to Grow Up

4shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn After a lively debate with a student group about the essence of healthy leadership, one student approached me with an indifferent attitude toward preparing to be a leader. When the subject came up of how slowly kids are maturing today, this male student said to me: “What’s the big…

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Positive Discipline: Three Practical Strategies Parents Can Use

16shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’m hearing more and more stories lately of teenagers filing lawsuits against parents. It’s quite disconcerting to me. In the wake of decades of expanding children’s rights, kids are now using terms with adults like: You can’t do that to me. I have rights to my privacy. This is…

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When Positive Words Negatively Affect Students

38shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’ve watched the influence of the words of leaders, teachers and parents for years now. Far too often, when we speak we’re only thinking about how we feel at the moment or what we’re thinking in that moment—not how those words will affect our kids. It isn’t until later…

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How to Manage Impulsive Reactions

6shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn When I asked student athletes recently what the number one change was that they’d like to make in their life—their response surprised me. Very insightfully, most of them agreed: “I need to be less impulsive in my decisions.” We live in a day where everything seems to be moving…

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Building Resilient Students: How to Get Out of Your Own Way 

12shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Eight years ago, researchers began to discover that children today acquire more allergies than children in past generations. For instance, no one had any idea why “peanut allergies” are surging in our day and age, since so many parents and schools are protecting kids from such exposure to peanuts.…

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When Achievement Becomes an Unhealthy Pursuit

15shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn I’ve committed my life to building student leaders—young people who are almost always ambitious and high achieving. The last two generations have grown up as students who are predisposed to believe they can and will change the world. But I’ve seen some kids cross a line when it comes…

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How to Decrease Entitlement: Combine Rights and Responsibilities

13shares Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn About a month ago, we posted an article on this blog page about how empowered today’s students are—possessing the ability to post content without the need to go through any authorities; to learn information without the need of an accompanying teacher or parent. You get the idea. One insightful…

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