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Families and parents offer crucial training to young people to learn about helping others, but how do youth become good citizens? A new research study is underway to uncover new knowledge about how youth become the kind of citizens who contribute to their communities, help other, and participate in solving social issues. Read more >>

The results of Search Institute’s Soft Skills Prioritization Poll are in! Find out what nearly 1,800 people had to say about strengthening young people’s noncognitive skills. Read more >>

By: Becky Post, Guest Blogger

If you are a parent of a school-aged child, you hear a lot about the importance of your child doing well on standardized tests. If your child is in high school, you may be willing to hire a tutor so your son or daughter can get a good score on his or her college entrance exam. It all seems to come down to one central concern: Is my kid smart enough? Read more >>

Open a hip new restaurant in your own house! Invite friends or family over for dinner, then put your child to work transforming your kitchen into a cool café! This kind of experiential play increases creativity, literacy, and math skills – plus it gives you an opportunity to teach your kids about health and nutrition! Read more >>

Father’s Day isn’t the only great opportunity to teach your kids compassion and kindness. Provide them with creative, caring ideas for showing their dad, grandpa or father figure how much he’s loved, beyond the month of June. Read more >>

Dear Parent/Parent Educator,

Many educators, youth program leaders, and parents across the United States are talking about the importance of helping kids develop “soft skills” like motivation, optimism, or persistence.

If you could focus on helping your child develop one of these numerous soft skills―also called noncognitive skills or social emotional skills―which would you choose?

Do you have a rainy-day rescue plan? When the kids are stuck inside all day, you’ll need some easy, breezy activities that spark their creativity, boost their brain power, and help keep you sane! Read more >>

This summer, include books in your family’s fun-in-the-sun activities! Kids who read throughout the summer perform better in school, no matter where or when or what they read. So take it outside, kids! Read more >>

Kids know how to live in the moment and dream big for the future. It’s much harder to grasp the past. This summer, be inspired to share and celebrate your family’s history and heritage with your kids! Read more >>

You already know that sports and outdoor activities can help your kids stay healthy and fit. But did you realize that they can improve your kids’ brain power, too? Help them score this summer, on and off the court. Read more >>