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Meaningful Resources for a Meaningful Life

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Letting Our Kids Separate and Move On

My 16-year-old son and I argued the other day about when we should leave the house to drop him off for summer camp. The bus was set to leave at 5 am (yes, you read that correctly), so I suggested...

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To tell the truth...

There's an old episode of the show Friends that I always think about when it comes time to have an uncomfortable conversation with one of my kids. The lovable and affable Phoebe has a gig...

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Kids and Adults With Clashing Priorities

There's no shortage of conflict between teens and adults. 

  • "Clean your room!"
  • "It's time to wake up!"
  • "Get off your phone!"
  • "Did you start your online driver's training yet?"
  • "Did you eat the...
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Can you teach social skills?

Recently, I was the driver of a car full of teenagers on their way to a night at a local trampoline park. First off, just curious—do you loath the smell of feet as much as I do? 

While...

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Kids thrive when challenged

This morning I dropped our youngest kid off at a camp—farm camp, actually. She's a returning camper after loving it last summer. But, I won't forget the first morning I dropped her off last...

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Why boredom is good for kids

Feeling bored is uncomfortable. As a kid recently told me, "boring sucks!" No one likes feeling bored; most people do whatever they can to avoid it. One of the worst complaints parents and teachers...

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Guiding Kids to the Good Life

Last week we sent some thoughts about giving kids effective guidance to build their future. 

Through two decades of working with kids, I've learned that the good life isn't something...

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The Unhelpful Pressure to Find a Happy Life

I've been doing an informal poll now for at least a decade. Whenever I'm working with a group of students, I'll ask them about their future plans. Specifically, I'll ask them this question:

"What...

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Every Kid Needs a Little Clarity

It's college acceptance season, for better and for worse. Kids across the country are anxiously awaiting emails and letters to announce their fate for the next few years. It's a season filled with...

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Every Kid Needs a Little Hardship

One morning years ago, I was walking my daughter to school on a typical weekday. She had been struggling to get ready by herself on time for a few months, and it was a daily battle just to get her...

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For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

They're uncommon sense ideas, really.

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