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: Jolene Roehlkepartain
In schoolyard culture, it goes without saying that lunchtime is rule-exempt. It’s not uncommon for kids to strike up deals with other kids, swapping part of their lunch for another child’s, or for kids to load up on foods they aren’t allowed to have at home. So, what’s a parent to do? Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
We all know the old idiom, When it rains, it pours, and—especially if you’re a parent— I’m sure you can relate! With the busy holiday season upon us, what do you do when your family calendar suddenly becomes jammed? Consider these three ideas to help you slow down and make time for the ones who matter most: Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

It happened again. Your child did something that completely puzzled you—or made you want to scream! Why do kids act the way they do? Use the following five questions as guiding clues to help you crack the code on kid behavior. Get clues >

By: Guest Blogger, Alyssa Benedict

We were thrilled to have received this guest post from our friend, Alyssa Benedict. Alyssa is an expert on female psychological development and a positive change-maker for youth. Here, she provides her own take on why parents should have the courage to stand apart from other parents and start questioning the content of the media we allow our daughters to be exposed to, particularly the popular Twilight Saga. Read the full op-ed >

By Jolene Roehlkepartain

Who do you dread seeing in your family over the holidays? Which relationships are tense? All families have their difficulties, and the holidays often bring these to the forefront. So what do you do? Read more >

Guest Blog: From the Editors at CloudParenting

If you have kids who are using the Internet, they need to be aware of the digital footprint they are leaving behind for other Internet users—from predators to potential employers—to see. Blogs, social media sites, and online forums, where kids can post information about themselves and others are often not as private as they think. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

As Thanksgiving draws near, parents always hope they can teach their kids to be thankful. The trick, however, is that being thankful is really a year-round effort. So, if you’ve been slacking in this department, aim to make Thanksgiving a kick-off point for practicing thankfulness as a family—all year long. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

How do you stay close to family members when you’re separated by distance? Whether it’s because of divorce, a military deployment, a student going off to college, or business trips, keeping in touch while you’re away matters. Research reveals that when family members adapt well to change, they’re more likely to weather the ups and downs of being apart. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Do your kids have a favorite aunt or uncle? Your own relationship with your sibling or siblings can weigh heavily on the type of relationship he or she will have with your child. Learn more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Don’t you wish you could just be a parent some days instead of a referee of a fight between your kids that never seems to end? Get help here.