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Figuring Out What to Want

 

Like most teenagers, I didn’t know what I wanted to do (or be) when I was older. So, I picked some low-hanging fruit and went with a version of what I thought I should want, with an...

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Good vs. Better Goals

I’ve been in the business of talking with teenagers for over two decades. Often, the conversations we have are centered on their future goals. It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve...

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Every Kid Needs to be Needed

 

I’ve noticed a general malaise that many teenagers have towards their lives, school specifically. In frequent small talk interactions, I hear common expressions across a spectrum of kids:...

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Act Your Age! Redefining Milestones

Recently I walked by a young family getting their three little kids into the car in a parking lot. One of the kids, I would guess to be around five, was having a fit. The mom did one of those...

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Social Skills - Intentionally Embracing Awkwardness

I remember when our kids were little- like preschool little. An adult would come along- perhaps a family friend or relative, and talk directly to them, asking them a question. Our kid would freeze,...

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Tips to Better Conversations With Teens

Sometimes it’s pretty convenient to skip a conversation with our kids. I mean, they aren’t typically known for their riveting conversational skills, right? Sometimes it’s easier...

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Better Questions - Better Conversations

Teenagers can be a bit prickly. Hello, understatement.

  • You tell them dinner is ready (the dinner you prepared for them with their favorite foods), and you get yelled at.
  • You awkwardly leave a work...
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Best Year Ever?

 

The anticipation a kid feels before a new school year starts is real. (The same is true every Sunday night for the upcoming week!)

From a kid’s perspective, there’s so much to be...

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Resilient Kids Are Filled With Hope

Life can be hard for a kid. There’s no question that they face many challenges and stress, even if they shine academically or in sports. 

We want every kid to feel confident that their...

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Grit: The Best Predictor of Success

If you got to choose for your kid whether they were intelligent, talented, or resilient, what would you prioritize?

As parents of teenagers, we often find ourselves marveling at our children's...

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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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