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Meaningful Resources for a Meaningful Life

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The Cost of Self-Awareness

One of the first times I remember becoming more self-aware was when a good friend of mine criticized me to my face. I was being sarcastic in an attempt to be funny (I know, you must be shocked!...

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Talking About the Good Life

 

If you had asked me when I was in high school what I planned on doing with my life I would’ve had a very clear (and impressive) answer. Get a degree in Accounting and Finance from a top...

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Stuck in the Wrong Life?

A few weeks ago, my family went up to the local mountains skiing during a school break for a few days. We had an awesome time—all five of us are pretty good skiers, and it’s the one...

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In Case of Emergency

 

A frantic text came in the other day from our daughter on her 8th grade school trip to the East Coast, “I forgot my dress for Hamilton in the hotel, and we already left.”

You’ve...

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Every Kid Needs Validation

 

Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate a professional development training session for a private high school staff on the general topic of cultivating student belonging. I’ve come to...

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Every Kid Needs These Relationships

It’s no secret that human beings are relational creatures. But as loneliness is on the rise and sits at the epicenter of a mental health crisis; still not enough attention is paid to the...

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Kids Need Help Normalizing Psychological Discomfort

Psychological discomfort is an inevitable part of life. 

But it's tempting to believe what our culture likes to tell us from every angle: "If you feel bad—don't! Avoid it, escape it,...

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Every Kid Needs This Mental Health Skill — Grieving

Loss is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes it comes in the form of acute pain—like the loss of a loved one, a natural disaster, or an accident. Other times it can come through losing...

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Every Kid Needs a Struggle

When I was little, I was diagnosed with a type of learning disability—a language processing issue that made it difficult to recall words to use when I spoke. Generally, it manifested itself...

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The Essential Experiences Every Kid Needs

One of the most formative experiences of my life was studying abroad during my Junior year in college. There was a girl I was in love with who merely mentioned the idea of taking a class in Italy,...

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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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