Unforgettable mentors inspire greatness in us all

The value of mentors is immeasurable. Sometimes it's someone offering us the right words at the right time; other times it’s watching how they respond to a challenging situation. For some, it's a one-time chance encounter with a guide; for others it's a more formal mentorship. Their guidance can dramatically affect the trajectory of our lives through a helping hand or through wisdom that helps us … [Read more...]

Stop treating struggling teen girls like they are broken

It is often reported that anxiety and depression in children, and girls in particular, is on the rise. Girls today feel more stressed out and overwhelmed than ever before. Is this an exaggeration, and if not, what’s going on? Research says that women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder over their lifetime with the average age of onset at 11 years. By … [Read more...]

Don’t allow overzealous youth coaches to rule your life

Parents are giving youth sports coaches way too much power over the lives of their children and families. Overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout among child and adolescent athletes are a growing problem. Single-sport, year-round training and competition is becoming more and more common, as well as weekend long athletic tournaments that leave little down time for the child. Parents, kids, and … [Read more...]

Mobile devices are killing relationships and deep conversations

Is technology ruining your relationships? Is your constant need to check texts and social media hurting the depth and empathy in conversations with friends and spouses? Based on recent research, whether you are talking about friendship, dating, marriage, or parenting children, the answer is yes and yes. One report showed that the mere presence of mobile devices can have negative effects on … [Read more...]

Best remedy for painful relationships: believe in yourself!

The most common reason girls don’t take care of themselves in both friendship and dating relationships is the negative beliefs about themselves they have acquired from past painful experiences. What you believe about you will drive your thinking, words, and behaviors, and if not reversed, will limit your potential. The reason behind most adult’s unhappy marriages and unfulfilling lives almost … [Read more...]

Girls feel helpless to stop sexual harassment at school

Donald Trump’s “locker room” comments reported on the news the past few weeks reminds me of another issue that affects teenage girls every day: being groped in the hallways of school. Early adolescents who go to mixers experience guys grinding on them on the dance floor, hidden by the large crowd of dancers. Sexual harassment is so common that many girls I have talked to have become numb to … [Read more...]

Low self-esteem in girls (Common Causes & How To Help Them Thrive)

Interestingly, I think there is one thing that has killed more dreams than death itself; that is a person who is concerned with what other’s think. Unknown Girls are conditioned to look outside of themselves to get a sense of themselves, resulting in low self-esteem. The changes and challenges brought on by puberty and adolescence often cause girls to feel more insecure and to wonder if … [Read more...]

Can cooperative learning bring out the best in your children?

Which do you think is more effective: cooperation or competition? Despite our culture’s leanings towards competition, hundreds of studies over the past century have shown that collaboration and cooperative learning bring out the best in individuals and groups. Research has demonstrated that competition tends to bring out the “beast in us”, whether you are talking about students, professional … [Read more...]

3 ways to enhance children’s social emotional learning

Social emotional learning is critical for children’s development, and yet receives insufficient attention in our schools and homes. This knowledge includes the following key life skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. SEL research has documented numerous benefits: improved academic achievement, increased kindness, sharing, … [Read more...]

Feeling hurried and over overscheduled? It’s time to begin with the end in mind

Perhaps the biggest mistake parents make is not taking the time up front to follow the prescription of Stephen Covey: begin with the end in mind. Families jump headlong into decisions about sports and other activities without first taking time to clarify their values: what is really important to us as a family? Too often the result is kids who are overscheduled and families who are rushed with no … [Read more...]