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How to Use Family Meetings to Build a Closer Family

"Held regularly at a mutually agreed upon time, family meetings provide a forum for discussing triumphs, grievances, sibling disagreements, schedules, any topic of concern to a family member. To get resistant kids to join in, combine the get- together with...

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids is Not What We Expected

"It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband...

American Meritocracy is Killing Youth Sports

"'Kids’ sports has seen an explosion of travel-team culture, where rich parents are writing a $3,000 check to get their kids on super teams from two counties, or two states, away,' said Tom Farrey, the executive director of Aspen’s Sports...

Grit: How to Get Back up After Failure

"Failures are guaranteed in life and in sport, but often times, the way coaches and parents respond to failure will either crush a young athlete’s confidence or inspire them to take advantage of a valuable learning moment.To help kids develop...

What Straight-A Students Get Wrong

I am a firm believer that grades are not indicative of having a "successful" career.  The most successful people I know personally were fine students, not great. But they possess important traits that one needs in the business world in...

Parent Holiday Survival Skill #1: Manage Yourself

"Children depend on us, both to regulate their environment, and to help them regulate their moods. If you’re out of balance, you won’t be able to help your kids stay on an even keel. In fact, if you’re anxious about...

How to Overcome High Expectation on a New Team

"Being the ‘new kid’ is tough, especially when joining a youth sports team that has been together for several seasons.Fortunately, how to deal with these new-team dynamics has been studied by sport psychologists, and their research shows several ways parents,...

How to Strengthen Your Athlete’s Growth Mindset

"Parents and coaches play major roles in helping young athletes develop a growth mindset, and teaching self-reflection is an important part of that process. Here’s how coaches and parents can help quantify their athlete’s progress, so they can make the...