In the Middle: 4 Tips for Parents

Parenting might have one of the longest job descriptions one may ever hold with the least amount of pay. In fact it costs a great deal financially, emotionally and spiritually. There is no award. There is no destination. One sometimes feels like you have to wait until the end of your life time to see … Continue reading “In the Middle: 4 Tips for Parents”

How Parents Can Help Kids Learn From Lapses in Character

Years ago, my then one-year-old son Ben played with a ball popper during playgroup. His friend Brooke found the same toy appealing and was displeased. She couldn’t form sentences yet, but she let Ben know his turn was up and the toy was rightfully hers. She babbled loudly right in his face for a full … Continue reading “How Parents Can Help Kids Learn From Lapses in Character”

10 Ways To Raise Kids To Care: Simple Ways Parents Can Help Today’s ME Generation Learn to Be Kind

Empathy is the ability to identify with and feel for another person. It’s the powerful quality that halts violent and cruel behavior and urges us to treat others kindly. Empathy emerges naturally and quite early, which means our children are born with a huge built-in advantage for success and happiness. Though children are born with … Continue reading “10 Ways To Raise Kids To Care: Simple Ways Parents Can Help Today’s ME Generation Learn to Be Kind”

Build Positive Character This Summer through Books

By Kris Yankee, Co-Founder, High 5 for Character Summer reading was always an escape for me. I read as much as I could and as often as I was able. The Nancy Drew Mysteries series was one of my favorites. I loved that there were twists and turns, and even though it was always possible that Nancy wouldn’t … Continue reading “Build Positive Character This Summer through Books”

The Power of Reading

by Dave Keller As a parent, some of my fondest memories revolve around countless evenings reading with my children. Most families have their own personalized rituals — my family is no different. For us, reading was more of an event, rather than a mere activity. We read together as a group, often using silly accents … Continue reading “The Power of Reading”

Giving and Receiving in the Holiday Spirit: A Challenge for Parents and Kids Alike

By Philip Brown Whether we are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, we can all agree that the holidays can bring out the best of us and the worst of us. As the big end of year holidays approach it is a common experience to get anxious about how much there is to do, whether we … Continue reading “Giving and Receiving in the Holiday Spirit: A Challenge for Parents and Kids Alike”

Nurturing An Attitude of Gratitude in Kids

by Michele Borba There’s something about the Thanksgiving season that tunes up my “reflective switch” and makes me think a bit more about our children. I worry that over the years we’ve removed ourselves a bit as a society from the real meaning of this glorious holiday. We’re seeing an upsurge–even in a recession–of kids … Continue reading “Nurturing An Attitude of Gratitude in Kids”

7 Surprising Parenting Solutions That Boost Kids’ School Success

by Michele Borba Academic success impacts our children for the rest of their lives: it influences their self-esteem, college selections, job attainment, financial success, and even their choice of spouse. It’s no wonder we go great lengths to give our kids an academic edge. But despite our good intentions, we often overlook a few simple … Continue reading “7 Surprising Parenting Solutions That Boost Kids’ School Success”

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