Your worst fear: You get a call from a police officer at 2:00 am. Your teen has been arrested for speeding and drinking. Why are teens attracted to this risk-taking behavior? What do I do? The following three pieces of brain research have great implications for how we can support our teens: First, teen Read More
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Some years ago, before I was a teacher or had children of my own, my sister-in-law passed on a bit of advice that I think of often. She and my eldest brother were raising my nephew and niece in a way I really respected. Their kids were wonderful! They were smart, outgoing, fun, and Read More
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You may be familiar with the book by Robert Fulghum titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I’ve been thinking of a twist on this book: All I need to know about positive parenting, I’ve learned from my dog Clifford. You can put these five ideas to work for you today. Grow Read More
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How to Raise a Resilient Child Or Will my child be resilient after she leaves me? When my daughter Heather attended Kalamazoo College for her summer orientation, the parents were invited to attend a series of events. I remember standing on the beautiful, historic grounds of Kalamazoo College and overhearing a mom say to Read More
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When my grandson Zach was a newbie at walking and running, about 15 months old, I watched as he ran across his living room. Scattered around him were toys of all shapes and sizes, a lot of trucks to be sure. He started out running with glee, but then he stumbled and fell forward Read More
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“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”  Cynthia Occelli I heard this quote while driving a few weeks ago, and it stayed with me. What a Read More
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