Curiosity: The Heart of Lifelong Learning

What makes children want to learn? Curious children often spend a great deal of time reading and acquiring knowledge because they sense a gap between what they know and what they want to know—not because they are motivated by grades.

The Quiet Advocate Behind Thriving Youth

All youth need supportive adult relationships beyond their parents—mentors who believe in them and their potential. Are you a mentor to young people? Learn how to foster their success.

Are You Raising a Couch Potato?

Do you ever wonder why some kids become unmotivated—why they would rather doze off in front of the TV instead of working toward a personal goal? Learn how initiative is developed and fostered through specific types of experiences—most of which happen outside of school!

Youth Protests: A Positive Sign of the Times?

Young people are angry over the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Freddie Gray. But more importantly, they know the issues go much deeper. How do we encourage youth to be positive voices for social change?

Leading Wild Horses: Why Parents and Schools Must Unite

Like wild horses, parents and teachers can be head-strong in their positions. Can they work together to benefit child development by changing their perceptions of education?

An Open Letter to Teachers

Teachers, please help me. I’m concerned that your students are getting “experts” to do their thinking for them instead of learning to think for themselves. Your students write me for help regularly. And quite frankly, I don’t think they are learning from some of their assignments.

5 Reasons Your Marriage May be Harming Your Child

If you think good parenting practices alone will secure a positive future for your child, you may be overlooking the elephant in the room − the relationship between you and your life partner. Are your children at risk? What can you do now to help them have healthy relationships tomorrow?

Is the Web a Vast Sociological Experiment?

Children’s singer/songwriter Raffi is an advocate for protecting young people from harmful aspects of the Internet. In a provocative interview, he provides a glimpse into his thinking, concerns, and ideas for education and reform.

Making Sense of Grief

How do we learn to live with the pain of tragedy and loss? How do we help ourselves and our children cope with grief in the most restorative way possible? My husband’s death helped me discover some answers.

Does Volunteering Foster Narcissistic Kids?

A growing body of research suggests children and teenagers are not getting the types of experiences that teach them to care — to put the common good before their own. Does the current culture of youth volunteerism teach kids to care less rather than more?

Millennials Reflect on Social Networking

Teens are taking notice of how social networking is impacting their relationships for good and bad. Most agree it is a useful tool to keep in touch with friends and family and to communicate important and timely messages. But they also share a deep concern for how social media affects the quality of their relationships.

What Is Education? Insights from the World's Greatest Minds

As we seek to refine and reform today’s system of education, we would do well to ask, “What is education?” Our answers may provide insights that get to the heart of what matters for 21st century children and adults alike.

Inflated Research Claims Can Harm Children

Do you think family engagement in education is a pointless national goal? According to the latest research, we can throw away the wisdom of the past several decades and relax. Our kids will do fine if parents “set the stage and then leave it” to schools.

Does Nature Make Us Happy?

In today’s age of high technology, research shows that our hunger for the natural world still endures. In fact, our connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being. Those same connections could also heal the planet.

Unlocking the Keys to Personality

How do teenagers respond when a situation doesn't feel right? How do they use feedback as they struggle to discover their inner selves? These questions, related to personality, are examined through the lens of a new book by John D. Mayer, the psychologist who helped introduce “emotional intelligence” to the world.

The Language of Respect

What does it mean to build respect between adults and teenagers, to value each other’s views and feelings? Sadly, many of today’s teens feel undervalued and misjudged by adults. Could our language be part of the problem?

Studies of Teens Challenge Us to Keep Learning

We cannot help teens grow into healthy adults unless we keep learning about their developmental needs. Five recent studies help ask new, important questions about how we support adolescents in their journeys to young adulthood.

The Importance of Silence in a Noisy World

It’s mind boggling to imagine how many conversations happen at once these days, especially through social media. When do young people find time for silence, to reflect on who they are in a world with constant chatter? How can adults help?

50 Everyday Ways to Love Your Teen

Rather than being driven by fear and worry as your child becomes an adolescent, these 50 everyday ways to love teens will support their development, long-term happiness, and well-being.

Beyond Concussions: Improving Emotional Health for Athletes

If your children were at physical risk from playing sports, would you take action to keep them safe? How would you respond if they were at emotional risk?

20 Awe-Inspiring Quotes for Teachers and Parents

When teachers and parents are equipped with mindsets that facilitate learning, kids have a fighting chance of getting a good education. In fact, adult support is the single most important aspect of how children succeed in school and life. Get inspired for the school year!

Growing Up Bullied

Bullying has finally been exposed for what it is — inexcusable. Yet, the victims of bullying continue to suffer, many in silence. How do we help young people heal from acts of aggression by peers and adults? Several new books have great advice for teenagers, parents, and teachers.

What Happy Teenagers Do Differently

Positive psychologists Robert Biswas-Diener and Todd Kashdan have discovered that happy people turn risk and discomfort into self-growth. But how do happy teens approach risk-taking differently than their peers?

Two Faces of Perfectionism

On the surface, striving for perfection in the things we do is a good thing. But there is a flip side to perfectionism that can harm children and teens as they journey through their school years. How should parents and educators help kids understand their perfectionist tendencies so that doing their best doesn't drag them down?

True Confessions of the Rich and Powerful

What do the rich and famous have to say about success? Are they walking their talk? Are we walking ours as parents, teachers, and mentors of the next generation?

Want Teens to Be Innovators?

Innovation is the buzzword of the decade. And it’s happening everywhere – in the worlds of business, entertainment, publishing, education, and nonprofit. But how will today’s middle and high-school students make their marks as tomorrow’s innovators?

Shame on Rutgers — Shame on Us

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for mistreating his players. But will it change the practice of shaming athletes to fight harder for the win? We are all responsible for the culture of youth sports. It's time to improve the game by stopping the shame.

Negativity is Like Second-Hand Smoke

Children and adults alike tend to focus on the negative instead of the positive. And there’s good reason. But research in neuroscience teaches us how to fight back and how to help young people discover the power of YES.

Should School Be a No Whining Zone?

The pressure to succeed may be breeding a new generation of whiners. Parents and teachers can minimize the risk of failure in college and beyond by instilling positive values about learning during the formative years.

Mentoring Youth Matters

What does it take to positively influence the life of one young person? Actually, no super human qualities are necessary -- just time, caring, and the right kind of support. Learn what teens say about their best mentors and why adults matter.

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