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How to Help Teens Through Emotional Times

Let me begin this blog with a brash, even stark observation: We live in a very emotional time period. Not only are adults divided over our nation’s politics right now, expressing volatile emotions, but our kids are navigating extreme emotions at a high level. Students often find it difficult to negotiate the alarming amount of information…

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Parents: Get Off Your Phone

Last year, my colleague, Andrew McPeak, hosted several focus groups made up of middle school and early high school students. This was done as research for the book, Marching Off the Map, which will be released later this year. In the first focus group, a young teenage girl said something that gave us pause. She…

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The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make

Recently, I was interviewed by pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker for her podcast. The theme was the topic of my book, Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid. During the course of our conversation, several concepts were discussed that I felt you’d benefit from in a blog post. I have included them here. 1. In your book:…

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What’s the DEAL with Kids Today?

Now that we’re over a month into a new year, I felt it was appropriate to ask you a question. Are you approaching your work with students in the right frame of mind? Centuries ago, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not necessarily…

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Two Ideas that Turn Entitlement into Generosity

Yesterday, I blogged about the “Encore Problem” some parents create at holiday time. We want to blow our kids away with a bigger or better gift than last year (which is only natural), but in the process, we can create an expectation for an “encore.” Soon, kids start assuming—even expecting—something superior with each installment. This…

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