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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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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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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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Psychological Safety—Creating An Accepting Environment

 One of the best parts of the television show, The Office (US version), is the ridiculously colorful characters. They all work for a paper company in Scranton, but after that, they have...

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Psychological Safety - An Essential Ingredient to Adolescence

Everyone knows what it feels like to be emotionally or psychologically unsafe. Whether behind your back or right in front of you, if you feel the threat of judgment, picking picked on, ridiculed,...

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How do I help my kid plan for the future? Don't do this!

Nothing matters more to me in life than who my kids become when they grow up. Not my golf game, business success, or lawn health (and those are my big three!). My utmost ambition is who they...

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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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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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