Posts in category "Parenting"

Must-see video for teens: Geno Auriemma on attitude and body language

Must-see video for teens: Geno Auriemma on attitude and body language
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke Legendary University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has a philosophy that aligns with that famous quote. He shared his perspective at a press conference when speaking about how he expects his players to act. He said he expects them to be positive, passionate... Read more »

6 articles about raising teens that I've read and loved this week

6 articles about raising teens that I've read and loved this week
The internet means that there is never a shortage of reading material, but we all know that quantity doesn’t always mean quality. This week, though, there were many great articles about raising teens that I’ve read and loved. One thing I appreciate is that the list below comes from a variety of sources. If you needed... Read more »

In defense of the parent portal, which can be helpful in many ways

In defense of the parent portal, which can be helpful in many ways
The parent portal is the website that allows parents to monitor their child’s grades and stay abreast of other developments at school. Not all parents like it. I get it. The parent portal is far from perfect. But I’m going to go against the grain with a radical* declaration: I like the parent portal. It gives... Read more »
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Helpful coding and computer science resources for teens and their parents

Helpful coding and computer science resources for teens and their parents
Many parents know a little about coding and know that it involves writing instructions for computers. However, parents may not know: that the average annual starting salary for a programmer in the U.S. is $62,000, which is $8,000 higher than the annual median US household income; that estimates suggest that by 2020 there will be up... Read more »

Helping tweens and teens determine the best news sources

Helping tweens and teens determine the best news sources
Our kids get information and news from a wide variety of sources, but determining what is fact and what is fiction can be a big challenge. A recent study out of Stanford show that adolescents are struggling. Researchers found “a dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the Internet . . . Students, for example, had... Read more »

Founding fodder: George Washington's words to live by

Founding fodder: George Washington's words to live by
The Founding Fathers didn’t give any thought to the internet or social media, but their wisdom can still provide wise counsel that applies in modern times. Today on Safer Internet Day, and every day, kids should apply this George Washington quote to their online behavior: “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few.” Yes, you’ll probably have... Read more »
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14 pieces of advice for teens

14 pieces of advice for teens
I love advice that is practical, helpful, and wise. That’s why I’m so very happy to have today’s guest post, which offers exactly that kind of great advice for teens. Ingrid Mantey Burchfield has worked with teens for more than a decade and she’s parenting a teenage son. Here are her 14 pieces of advice for teens:... Read more »

Wise advice from Brené Brown on talking with our kids about political rhetoric

Wise advice from Brené Brown on talking with our kids about political rhetoric
Political debate is tough to avoid right now, and it can very quickly become nasty. Knowing how to handle divisive and even hateful rhetoric with our kids is tough. I wanted to share this wise advice from Brené Brown on how to talk with our kids about political rhetoric that she shared today in a video on her... Read more »

Survival kit for parents of tweens

Survival kit for parents of tweens
When you enter the realm of parenting a tween, it feels a bit like entering a foreign country. Everything is different: the rules, the expectations, the language, the person who used to be your sweet little one. When advising someone on what to pack for the journey that is parenting in the space of children... Read more »
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Parenting resolutions inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical

Parenting resolutions inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical
One of our family’s favorite parts of 2016 was listening to the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack, so often that we all have it memorized. It’s been a soundtrack to this sometimes crazy year, and it will continue to be so well into the future. We are excited to see the show in Chicago in the... Read more »