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 our home, we quickly discovered there are three key times during the day when life gets tense: getting ready in the morning, the hour before dinner, and bedtime. As parents, we wanted our kids to do one thing, and our kids wanted to do the opposite. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

How do you celebrate the start of the new school year with your kids? Your enthusiasm makes a difference. Even if your kids aren’t excited to go back to school, you can talk about what you love about learning and new beginnings.

By: Marie Williams

Just as we have begun to get mobilized around addressing cyberbullying, along comes another threat. Social media, with its undeniable benefits, has recently been subverted to become anti-social with young people around the country using it as a tool to organize flash mobs that cause mayhem. As the parent of a teen, here’s what you can do. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

How do you connect as a family? Experts point to four major ways to make the most of family time. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

The school countdown is on, and the summer break is quickly evaporating. How is your family enjoying the last bit of summer before school starts? Consider these ideas: Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Volunteer! Research reveals that both kids and adults benefit from volunteering. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

So now that summer is coming to a close and the school year is just around the corner, sit down with your family and talk about the fall schedule. What do family members want to do? How much time will those activities take? How can you still have family time together once school starts? Read More >

By: Michele Timmons

Consider these back to school tips to help you build a strong, positive relationship with your child’s teacher—right from the start—so that when challenges occur (and they will) you and the teacher can present a united front to overcome the challenge and keep your child on the right track. Read More >

By: Marie Williams

Sending kids back to school requires preparation and planning, but on those busy mornings when you’re running late, it can be tempting to send the kids off with packaged, processed, less-than-healthy lunch options. Start planning and shopping for healthy lunches and after-school snacks now, not after your snooze alarm sounds! Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

The idea of family meetings might seem hokey or vaguely “Brady Bunch” to some, but in reality, most successful families have a family meeting in some form or another. Family meetings can bring families closer together and remind them what the family values and expects. Read More >