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Kids thrive when challenged

This morning I dropped our youngest kid off at a camp—farm camp, actually. She's a returning camper after loving it last summer. But, I won't forget the first morning I dropped her off last...

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Why boredom is good for kids

Feeling bored is uncomfortable. As a kid recently told me, "boring sucks!" No one likes feeling bored; most people do whatever they can to avoid it. One of the worst complaints parents and teachers...

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Guiding Kids to the Good Life

Last week we sent some thoughts about giving kids effective guidance to build their future. 

Through two decades of working with kids, I've learned that the good life isn't something...

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The Unhelpful Pressure to Find a Happy Life

I've been doing an informal poll now for at least a decade. Whenever I'm working with a group of students, I'll ask them about their future plans. Specifically, I'll ask them this question:

"What...

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Every Kid Needs a Little Clarity

It's college acceptance season, for better and for worse. Kids across the country are anxiously awaiting emails and letters to announce their fate for the next few years. It's a season filled with...

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Every Kid Needs a Little Hardship

One morning years ago, I was walking my daughter to school on a typical weekday. She had been struggling to get ready by herself on time for a few months, and it was a daily battle just to get her...

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Understanding the nuances of your strengths and weaknesses

It turns out, that I'm pretty good at math. I discovered that pretty early on; it was the only time I would turn in a test or a quiz quicker than all the other kids. Typically, the only points...

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Guiding Kids Through Hard Things

No one escapes troubles in life—no one. Some, however, experience more than their fair share. Some people, too, respond in ways that leave residual harm on their lives and prevent them...

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Letting Kids Live Their Own Lives

THE PATH OF SURRENDER

As my kids get older, I'm realizing in a new way how little control I have over them. It's the same lesson I remember trying to learn when they were...

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Building Healthy Friendships - Conflict Resolution

One of the most significant moments I've had with a friend came because we had a fight. Just a few days after graduating from college, my friend, John, and I were hanging out in someone's backyard...

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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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