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 a high tech world, research shows our hunger for nature still endures. In fact, our connection with nature could be the best medicine for people of all ages.

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

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 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.
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Negativity is Like Second-Hand Smoke

Children and adults alike tend to focus on the negative instead of the positive. But research in neuroscience teaches us how to fight back and help silence that inner critic.
Should School Be a No Whining Zone?

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.

Acts of Kindness: Key to Happiness for Children & Teens

What makes children happy? The answer may surprise you. A recent study showed that we increase their feelings of happiness and well-being, reduce bullying, and improve their friendships by teaching them to perform acts of kindness.
The Transformative Power of Gratitude

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

From what experiences and relationships do children learn gratitude? Research in psychology and neuroscience reinforces the wisdom of the ages and of many spiritual practices.
Generation Tech: The Good, Bad, and Scary

Generation Tech: The Good, Bad, and Scary

How does technology affect the healthy development of children and teens? While the answers are not fully known, the question is fueling a debate that every parent should care about.
Are Teens Confused About Politics?

Are Teens Confused About Politics?

Voting for the candidate of our choice is an American right given to citizens 18 years of age or older. But the psychology of how we vote begins much earlier—in homes and schools across the country where adults engage adolescents in meaningful conversations about the nation’s future.
Happiness or Harvard?

Happiness or Harvard?

Should students pursue an Ivy-League school because they’re smart? Or should they pursue life purposes that make them happy? A high school valedictorian shares her story.
Ten Ways to Support Your College Freshman

Ten Ways to Support Your College Freshman

Did you recently say goodbye to a son or daughter who left for college? This American rite of passage doesn’t mean teens need you less. It means they need you differently.
Top 50 Back-to-School Articles for Parents

Top 50 Back-to-School Articles for Parents

As a parent, what's in the back of your head as your children return to school? How will you support them in ways that contribute to their success? Looking for helpful guidance? Read my top picks for this year’s best inspiration for parents.

Seven Notable Quotes About Learning

When we visit places like Oxford, Rome, or Athens we are reminded of great minds and the quest for knowledge. Learning seems to ooze from the buildings and be part of the air we breathe. But what is learning? And how do teens and adults become life-long learners in today’s world?

Inside The Digital Lives of Teens

Most American teenagers use some form of social media. A new study tells us about the digital habits of today’s youth, how it impacts their emotional health, and why parents should worry less about the plugged-in generation.