6 Ways to Give Kids a Stress Advantage

Stress has a story shaped by science, news and popular culture. Here’s the narrative in a nutshell: stress is bad, very bad; we should do everything in our power to live stress-free lives. Unfortunately, the underlying story of stress is skewed. In fact, there is another body of research revealing that stress can actually enhance … Read more

Fighting Your Bully with a Good Ha Ha Ha!!!

Phil waited for his friend, Daz, or actually hid out so that he could execute his trademark “crusher” move… until Dazzling Daz pleaded for mercy. That was Daz’s pro wrestling name when he and Phil The Crusher would watch WWE Smackdown, then pretend they were pro wrestlers. The crusher move happened when Phil brought his … Read more

Stop Saying, ‘You’re So Smart!’ 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids

“You’re so smart!” “You’re so creative!” “You’re so… [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]” The other day during a frantic scramble to get my 1-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick — slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by herself. She then stared at … Read more

How Can We Prevent Bullying?

Seventh-grader Gabrielle Molina was found hanging by a belt in her parents’ house after mercilessly, repeatedly, being called a slut. Thirteen-year-old Asher Brown shot himself in the head after his bullies acted out homosexual acts to taunt him in gym class. Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, leapt to her death from the top of an abandoned … Read more