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.

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By: Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther

January is National Mentoring Month and the perfect time to start looking for a caring adult to act as a mentor to your child. If your child already has a mentor, consider finding a parenting mentor of your own to help out when you need a second opinion.

By: Ann Saylor

Instead of teaching children to focus on the gifts they have received these past weeks, teach them to share the gift of service with people in your community.

By: Becky Post

We are frequently reminded that our children need to master more high-level academic material than previous generations, and that means they need to call upon developed skills of motivation and persistence.

Turn your holiday season into a learning opportunity for your little ones with these seven fun ways to boost reading skills.

By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger

Whenever I have a chance, I tell parents, teachers, grandparents, and other adults that they should encourage children and teens to give money to charities, religious organizations, and other causes they care about.

By: Becky Post

To help kids make healthy choices about tobacco use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following tips.

By: Becky Post

Children will let their parents know what’s going on at school, especially if they are really excited about something. For example, most kids love dress-up days. Whether it’s spirit day or wear-your-pajamas-to-school day, kids of all ages like to get into the act.

By: Becky Post

November and December have to be the most creative months of the year. The arts come alive through so many mediums during the holidays: concerts, recitals, craft fairs, baking, and decorating seem to occupy much of our time.

By: Natalie Williams, Guest Blogger

Parents can feel perplexed when children react to death without emotion. Young children who don't yet fully understand the concept of death may react with indifference, according to Parenting.org.

By: Becky Post

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher, Mr. Z, had a cruel habit of arranging my classmates’ desks according to our academic ranking. The students with the top grades sat in the first row next to the window—what Mr. Z called the “bright side” of the room.