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Meaningful Resources for a Meaningful Life

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Kids Must Have Good Friends

One of the great joys of my life is a guy named Nic. We met in drama class during our freshman year in high school and became instantly inseparable. Partially, it was due to our bizarre mutual bent...

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Telling Kids About Our Failures

 “Whoever tells the best story wins.” - John Quincy Adams

Anyone who’s been around a teenager for a significant amount of time understands how challenging it can be to...

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The Obvious Key to a Happy Life

We’ve interviewed and surveyed hundreds of parents and educators about the hopes they have for the kids they care about, and universally one thing has emerged over everything else: they want...

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Social Skill: Making Up False Narratives

Teach your kids this vital social skill!

There’s no question how important social connections are to a teenager. They will go to almost any length to procure or maintain good social standing....

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Teaching a Growth Mindset to Kids

When I was little, baseball was my singular passion. I even lobbied my parents to officially change my name to Steve, after my favorite baseball player Steve Sax. (They declined). I still...

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The Importance of Family Traditions

When I was growing up, although we weren’t religious, we held onto many traditions. Besides holidays and celebrations, our most consistent tradition was being together for a family dinner....

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Every kid needs to know why they matter

Having a teenager in the house (or a group of them in a classroom) inevitably means conflict and tension. Frankly, they’re annoying. They’re desperate to carve their own path, do things...

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Kids don't want to be monitored- but too bad

No parent on earth doesn’t worry about their kids’ well-being. Specifically, they worry that the boundaries and guardrails they put up and around their kids will be sufficient to keep...

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Help kids make better friends

Friendships are everything to a kid. They’re more important than family, to be honest. The company a kid keeps will determine nearly everything: how they see themselves, their priorities and...

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Handing over the keys to a kid's future

Winston Churchill said, "The farther back you look, the further ahead you can see."

Most teens don't see very far into the future, though. How could they? They have much more pressing issues in the...

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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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