Parent-child Communication

So You Want Your Child to Be Resilient…

By | Behavior Change, Encouragement, Inspiring Quotes, Parent-child Communication, Parenting, Personal Strength, Self-Esteem, Teen Success | No Comments

The place to start is to get clear about what resilience is. Here’s a non-scientific definition: The ability to recover or “bounce back” from loss, stress, or disappointment – setbacks that can cause someone to doubt his or her self-confidence and self-esteem,…

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Constructing a Child’s Intellectual Foundation – What Parents Can Do

By | Adolescence, Adolescent Brain, Alcohol, Critical Thinking, Education, Encouragement, Parent-child Communication, Parenting Books, Teen Culture, Teen Success | No Comments

I’ve posted before about the importance of critical thinking and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young person to lay down a foundation of critical thinking skills in the developing prefrontal cortex – what I often refer to as “the smart part”…

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Adults Who Mentor Teens – How Effective Are Their Communication Skills?

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In his classic parenting book, The Wonder of Boys, psychologist Michael Gurian claims that “three families – not one” are needed to raise a healthy child to be a happy, successful adult. The first family is the “nuclear family”—the parents…

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