Other Blog Posts

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

We know from research on Developmental Assets that young people benefit from adults in their lives—parents and otherwise—who know where they are, where their going, when they’ll be back, and who they are with. They also do better when their peers and the adults around them are positive influences. Here are 7 tips for keeping tabs on your teen. Read more >>

By: Ann Saylor

We all like to have fun, but did you know there is scientific research proving the power of play? There is truth to the Life is Good Foundation’s slogan, “Life can hurt, play can heal”. Here are some of the many ways science says that play leads to healing in children and youth. Read more >

By: Ann Saylor

You know the families with spoiled kids who are always throwing money at leisure without concern? And the families who control their children’s spending down to the penny? When it comes to money, it’s best to avoid both of those extremes. But there is a happy medium! It’s all about finding the right opportunities to talk about money. Here are some easy do-at-home or on-the-go tips for helping tweens understand money management. Read more >

By: Steve Palmer

In my work as a therapist I am often called on to give parenting advice or feedback. Sometimes, it seems to me that parents are searching for the perfect technique, the ideal response, “the manual” with all the answers. While I suppose most of us know that there’s no such thing, we can feel kind of lost in the confusion of possible responses to any given challenge with our kids. Read more >

By: Nathan Dungan, Founder and President, Share Save Spend

The one money habit that is often left out of most money conversations, is sharing. Imagine how different our country’s current narrative, and in turn our national priorities would be, if more youth and adults really understood the power of sharing with others. Read more >

By: Susan Ragsdale

I often wonder how much we really appreciate the gift of everyday moments with our kids. It’s so easy to get caught up in parenting duties (making sure that we get them from point A to point B on time, or that their homework is done, or that they’re clean, dressed, and ready to go) that we forget to truly enjoy the precious, little moments. I don’t want to miss those moments, especially the funny ones, from being too preoccupied with daily tasks, so I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to relax, open my eyes, and be a little more aware of the humorous things that can happen when I spend time with kids. Read more >

By: Tricia Cornell

Kids are weird. At least, mine are. My son, age 7, and his best pal love to sing at the top of their lungs, “Mango! Mango! Is dancing on yogurt! Mango! Mango! Is dancing on yogurt!” No, you’ve never heard it before. You wouldn’t recognize the tune, either. But after five minutes of this ditty (usually in the car) you’ll wonder, like I do, what on earth makes this so amusing. Like I said, weird. Like most kids, mine tell the same knock-knock jokes over and over again. They seize on puns and won’t let them go. And then there’s the burping, the farting, the giggling, the baby talk, the bizarre clothes preferences, the strange food rituals, the abrupt changes in mood, and the inability to keep that finger out of that nose. Does any of this sound familiar? Read more >

By: Marie Williams

Almost daily, we’re faced with delivering the news to our kids that they are “not in charge” and yes, actually, they need to “do what I say because I am the parent!” And if they still refuse, you have to put some muscle behind it: curtail some of their freedoms, take away a privilege, or use stern language. If you are still struggling to find a positive way to discipline your kids, you’re not alone. It’s tough, and it’s a balancing act. As parents, we almost always want to give kids what they want and when we can’t, it may make us feel guilty. Read more >

By: Steve Palmer

Don’t we all wonder why we are who we are? Why are some of us more outgoing, more conscientious, or more assertive than others, for instance? I know I have certainly been curious about this as I’ve tried to understand myself and others. It’s probably one of the reasons I went into the study of psychology in the first place! Anyone who has more than one child has probably already noticed how kids seem different right from the start. Read more >

By: Ann Saylor

April Fool’s Day can be a fun holiday for making family memories, but sometimes kids can get caught up in pranks and cross the line between funny and inappropriate. I’ve done it too. I once wrapped my uncle’s car doors shut with plastic wrap and put uncooked rice in all of his air conditioning vents. I thought it was hysterical, but he was not so happy about the damage to his car! It was a hard lesson learned. Read more >