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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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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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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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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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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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Clues to a Future Career Path—Values

While working with a group of high school students last week through a workshop on finding clarity for their future, one of the kids said, "The biggest pressure I feel about my future is to pick...

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Helping a Kid Find Their Purpose in Life

There's an old adage that says something to the effect of: "Find what you're passionate about and you'll never work a day in your life." Have you ever said that to someone?

For previous...

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Exposing kids to possibilities

Every teenager goes through the exact same exploration journey as the baby bird in Dr. Seuss's Are You My Mother?. Unsure of their identity, community, or role, they search for a persona, values,...

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Beyond passive—how to help your kids with their future

As I look back at my teenage years, I can't remember more than a couple of conversations I had with my parents about my future plans. I'm sure there were more; I just don't remember them. But...

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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.

Download this checklist and use it with your students (or kids).

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