A New Day for Young Girls?

Is Oprah Winfrey’s “new day” for young girls “on the horizon?” Not according to research; and not unless parents start helping daughters develop new skills.

How Your Brain Finds Meaning in Life Experiences

New brain research links storytelling to the development of meaning. Why should parents and teachers be particularly interested?

Has Your Daughter Been Sexually Harassed?

Research shows that sexual harassment is part of everyday life in American middle and high schools. How do we educate and protect young women?

How to Heal from Unspeakable Terror

The latest neuroscience research suggests we can help people heal from trauma's emotional scars.

8 Movies to Watch With Your Teen

Movies are not just entertainment. When characters connect at deep psychological levels, movies can quite literally shape young people’s lives!

The Secret to Youth Moral Development

Ever wonder how teens develop moral lives? How they learn to think critically and believe in their abilities to change the world? Adults provide the scaffolding!

Developmental Equity: Path to Student Success?

Educational equity is important, especially for youth impacted by race, cultural, and economic barriers. But is developmental equity more critical to success?

Storytelling Is a Conduit for Intergenerational Learning

Have you shared a well-told story with a teen or grandchild lately? The result could be transformative for both of you!

Remember Your Best Teacher? One 82-Year-Old Does

As students head back to school this year, Bill, an 82-year-old widower, grieves the loss of his wife. What do the two have in common? Teachers.

What's Wrong in America?

If you are frustrated or angry with what you see wrong in America, you could be part of the solution by simply changing your frame of mind. Learn how.

What Every Child Needs to Be Happy and Successful

In a new book by Dr. Michele Borba, empathy takes center stage among social-emotional skills, playing a surprising role in predicting kids' success and well-being.

The Psychology Behind How Young People Vote

Young people will have more power to influence U.S. elections and policy than at any other time in recent history. How do they vote differently from older adults?

The Wounds of Childhood Can Be Healed

Most of us know that growing up can leave emotional scars. New research in neurobiology reveals a promising path for understanding and healing childhood trauma.

15 Everyday Ways to Help Kids Believe in Themselves

Why is it important for young people to believe in themselves? How do parents, schools, and communities nurture this highly-valued characteristic?

Daydreaming: Not a Useless Waste of Time

Worried that your child or student daydreams too much? New research shows that mind wandering improves self-awareness, boosts creativity, and is essential to human flourishing.

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

6 Habits of Great Teachers

What do students say about their greatest teachers? They taught them how to care about others! Learn how.

Have Common Core Standards Killed Student Creativity?

Many educators believe the concept of creativity has been abandoned by today’s standards-based schools. Yet teachers can and do foster creativity in their classrooms each and every day. Learn six ways teachers expand minds and foster creative thinking.

Teaching for Career and Life Success

“Success is not about your resources,” says Tony Robbins. “It’s about how resourceful you are with what you have.” How do we teach students to become resourceful—to use knowledge to achieve their goals?

Integrity in the Classroom

How do children learn to be honest, respect societal norms, and act in ways consistent with the values, beliefs, and moral principles they claim to hold? How do teachers instill and reinforce a code of ethics in their classrooms when evidence suggests high-stakes testing fosters a culture of dishonesty?

Self-Awareness: How Kids Make Sense of Life Experiences

How do children gain a deeper understanding of how they think, feel, and act so they can improve their learning and develop meaningful relationships? Classroom teachers make a difference.

Resilience: The Capacity to Rebuild and Grow from Adversity

Resilience is not a genetic trait. It is derived from the ways children learn to think and act when they are faced with obstacles, large and small. How do teachers cultivate resilience in the classroom?

Grow a Child's Empathy in 3 Easy Ways

When young people experience and act upon feelings of empathy, they are more likely to achieve greater success and emotional well-being. These 3 phases of development help young people feel good about themselves and act in ways that benefit others. In the process, it just might help them change the world!

Sociability: The Core of Social-Emotional Learning

What helps children engage in learning? The cooperative capacity to interact with others—sociability— helps children absorb knowledge both inside and outside of school. Three powerful strategies can increase sociability in the classroom.

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.