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
At the risk of being viewed as a “party pooper”, I stand firm by the following belief: Too many parents go overboard with their kids’ birthdays! We need to be intentional about what we’re teaching our kids by the way we celebrate their birthday. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Summertime is a popular time for family reunions, but too often family reunions are like junior high gatherings: Cliques abound! Try these ideas for making your next family reunion a memorable one. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Kids and families can learn a lot from owning a pet, and research now shows that kids benefit greatly when there’s a pet in the house. More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Have the summer doldrums hit your home yet? They usually do at some point. Kids start getting bored, and they start driving you crazy because they’re pestering you to come up with ideas that interest them. So how do you keep your kids busy in meaningful ways? Create a meaningful structure!

By: Jolene Roehlkepartian

True statement: If you give your child the choice of playing a video game or reading a book, the video game will win almost every time. Simple solution: Don’t give your kids those kinds of choices…

By: Jolene Roehlkepartian

School may be out, but challenging opportunities await all summer long! Parents can help kids avoid the summer slide by seeking out brain-boosting activities, and setting (and working with kids to meet) fitness and health goals…

Do the following scenes seem familiar? Your son wants to stay awake an extra hour to play video games; your daughter is glued to her cell phone, and constantly texting her friends; your child spends more time on Facebook than he does reading. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, making it tricky for parents to set boundaries…

What better time than summertime to be outdoors with our families? This season, we're drawing inspiration from First Lady, Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign to get moving and stay moving with our families all summer long...

Do you feel overworked? Are you having a hard time balancing your work time, personal time, and your family time? You are not alone! Almost half of all U.S. employees are “overworked often or very often” according to a Families and Work Institute study. The study also revealed that one out of three U.S. employees is “chronically overworked.”...

Every year, The United Nations sponsors World Environment Day. This year, the focus is on forests and trees. Here are some ways you can participate and celebrate Mother Earth!