ParentFurther Blog

By: Becky Post

Search Institute is currently doing a lot of work to help adolescents develop perseverance skills to reach their school and life goals. A precursor to children developing perseverance is executive function, a term that refers to the capacity to control one’s behavior and direct it toward longer-term goals.

Other Blog Posts

By: Michele Timmons

As our children grow and develop, we have the opportunity to spend less and less time with them. By taking the time to set and enforce clear boundaries and expectations when they are young, our voices stay with them when they’re out on their own. Read more >

By: Guest Blogger, Lauren Bailey

Building self-esteem isn’t as easy as patting your child on the back and telling her how great she is. The following are some concrete tips that parents can implement to develop a strong sense of self-worth in their teenagers. Get tips >

By: Steve Palmer

One of the most important skills we can teach our kids is empathy. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another person is feeling or experiencing. When we see someone in pain and feel that response in our own gut, that’s empathy. When we see someone crying tears of joy at an important reunion and notice ourselves choking up, that’s empathy. When we see someone struggling with a problem and feel an emotional pull to help, that’s empathy. It’s a core skill for what psychologists call “pro-social” behavior – the actions that are involved in building close relationships, maintaining friendships, and developing strong communities. It appears to be the central reality necessary for developing a conscience, as well. Read more >

By: Guest Blogger, Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D., President, Health Education Consultants

Today, we are better prepared to deal with and prevent school violence than we were in the days of Columbine, but there still is no guarantee that it will not happen in your school. What there are, however, are intelligent alternatives to reduce the risks. Read more >

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

The title of the post misleads: A personal value, which responsibility is, can’t actually be taught like long division or the periodic table. It can be nurtured and instilled, but certainly not engrained simply through exposure; this is one of the “letting go” lessons of parenting. Read more >

By: Guest Blogger, Raquel Masco

We are thrilled to be featuring a guest post from our Twitter friend, who also happens to be an inspiring single mom and entrepreneur. As CEO and Co-Founder of a non-profit that supports and empowers single moms to act as change makers in their own communities, Raquel Masco knows all about balancing family time with a busy schedule. We asked Raquel to share with us, her tips for making quality time count despite life's hundreds of little (and big) demands. Get Raquel's tips! >

By: Marie Williams

Are you a single parent who is ready to start dating again? Or maybe you’re a dating parent who’s not quite sure about how to break the news to your kids, or how to introduce your new partner to your kids. Consider these tips:
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By: Marie Williams

This Black History Month, I will be taking full advantage of the opportunity to teach my daughter not only about where we came from, but the reasons we will never go back…Read more >

By: Susan Ragsdale

There’s a new holiday on the horizon—Valentine’s Day! While stores around us try to focus our attention on roses, chocolates, cards and potential dinner dates, I want to suggest that families focus on the “heart” of the holiday by reflecting on how love is expressed in the home. Read more >

By: Marie Williams
Today, more than ever before--and at earlier ages than ever before--our kids are consistently receiving information about romance, dating, and sex from multiple sources besides parents. Television, the Internet, and peers can all contribute to ideas about sex that may be inaccurate or incomplete. And today's reality is that the traditional view of "The Talk" assumes that young people are almost completely ignorant about sex and sexuality. Well, they aren’t. But parents need not panic! Remember that you know your kid better than anyone. No one can tell you with any certainty what’s best for you to say, or decide the right time for you to say it. Here are some essential guidelines to help you start thinking about the conversation. Read more >