encouraging your child's Individual interests

When her son asked to quit basketball for more time to explore other interests, Christine Horstman was surprised to experience mixed feelings. There just wasn’t enough time for the demanding basketball schedule and the time and space he desired to nourish his creativity. The reasoning made perfect sense. But for Horstman, it meant no longer …

keeping kids curious

Kids are naturally curious. But various forces in the environment can dampen their curiosity over time. Can anything be done to keep kids’ curiosity alive? For answers to this question, The Conversation U.S. turned to Perry Zurn, a philosophy professor at American University and author of three books on curiosity, including “Curious Minds: The Power …

personal style supports daughters confidence

Somewhere between revolutions, equality movements, and trying to be more intentional with our buying choices because of “fast fashion,” “minimalism,” and “upcycling,” we lost an important thread. Pun intended. We’ve confused style with fashion and empowering self-expression with superficial vanity and consumerism. It can feel like tricky ground because we want to be more conscious, …

resilient kids

Most parents naturally want to raise resilient kids. After all, life is filled with pitfalls, setbacks, and disappointments. Uncertainty is our new normal. We are constantly bombarded by news of economic distress, mass shootings, and political upheaval, and all of this causes stress (and sometimes even grief) to build in our kids. As parents, we …

Giving Your Child Their First Cell Phone

  With digital technology and smartphones so ubiquitous, it is nearly impossible for parents to monitor and protect their children at every turn. That’s why caregivers must introduce concepts like digital safety, privacy, cyberbullying, phone etiquette, and more when giving kids their first phone. Luckily, in First Phone: A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, …

Parents and Caregivers: Ways to Say No for Self-Care

Life balance coach and speaker Renée Trudeau asks a crucial question of all parents and caregivers, what is your intention for the summer? Even though we’re all navigating a lot of chaos, it’s important that caring for ourselves not get shelved. Trudeau offers nine creative ways parents and caregivers can say no when feeling pulled …

Lin-Manuel Miranda Works With Sound It Out Campaign

A few months ago, we shared a story about Sound It Out, a campaign by the Ad Council that helps parents and caregivers have meaningful conversations about mental wellbeing with their middle schoolers. Recently Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda family worked with Sound It Out to talk about the importance of having conversations with kids—and …

films anger sadness

In the film Turning Red (2022), a young 13-year-old girl, Meilin “Mei” Lee, turns into a red panda whenever she has strong emotions: when she is angry, when she is sad and when she is excited. She begins to believe that strong emotions are embarrassing and tries to suppress her true self. In the film …

talking about birth control with girls

As a teenager, my first introduction to birth control came in the pages of a Seventeen Magazine. Wanting to learn more inspired me to ask my mother some questions. She promptly took me to see her friend, a woman practicing OB/GYN, where I got fact-based, straightforward information. I was very fortunate. Not everyone has a …

self-confidence girls

Why should parents and caregivers focus on building self-confidence in kids? Best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D., has answers and tips on how to do so. Dr. Borba is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. Why Parents Should Build Self-Confidence in Kids Most people think that good self-esteem …

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