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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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In this excerpt from his April webinar, Nathan Dungan from talks about teaching children to give with a "share check". Get tip >>

By: Jennifer Jolly, Editor

As we step into this holiday season, and into 2013, we'd like to take a moment to pause and look back at some of the things we've learned this year. And in the spirit of looking back, we'll be sharing special holiday tips, webinar recaps, and more on the ParentFurther blog and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages all month long. Be sure to stop back in for a visit before 2013! And if you'd like to leave us some feedback as we continue planning our future work, be sure to take our end-of-year survey. Best wishes for a warm holiday season--from our family to yours. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

Sometimes parenting a teenager makes me feel like I am raising a "good twin" and an "evil twin", or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Generally speaking, when a teenager's "evil side" takes charge--a snippy remark or the rolling of the eyes--it simply means they are going through a stage in life. In other words, it's normal. Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

The sound of it stopped me right in my tracks: A harsh, “Cut that out! That is not okay!” It almost sounded like she was snarling. Where had my daughter learned to talk like that to her little brother? It sounded so terrible coming from such a sweet little kid. And where had I heard that sound before? Oh, no. I knew exactly where I had heard that before, and where my daughter had gotten it. Straight from my own mouth. Did I really sound like that? Oof, sometimes I did. Read more >>

By: Marie Williams

Today’s multimedia culture has created many more avenues to expose teens to risky and dangerous choices that not too long ago, were beyond the realm of teenagers’ access and imagination. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many of the strategies for sound parenting remain the same. Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

When kids are tiny, the default term for other kids is “friends.” What did you and your friends do today? Be nice to your friend.(Meaning, of course, "that other toddler you just met at the playground.”) Then, at some point, most kids figure out, Hey. These kids aren’t all my friends. Some of them are my friends. And some of them are just kids in my class. And that kid over there? I’m not sure I like him at all. Read more >>

By: Susan Ragsdale

Halloween is the family holiday in our household. But for some, this holiday holds controversy. Depending on your religious viewpoint, there are a variety of opinions as to how or if to celebrate this holiday. For us, it is one of the pure-fun holidays out there. It's a holiday where kids can simply be kids. It taps into imagination and creativity as children dream of their costumes. Halloween also allows kids to face their fears. Read more >>

By: Susan Ragsdale

Make a Difference Day, the national day of doing good, is one of my favorite service days of the year. I love the idea that millions of people can come together and dedicate their day to actively doing something to make the world a better place. And the words “make a difference” hold power and remind us that we CAN make a difference through sharing of our talents, availability, time, effort and voice. Read more >>

By: Marie Williams

As parents, we know all too well that adulthood will come soon enough, and with it we lose many things that cannot be recaptured; one of the best gifts we can give our kids is the opportunity to savor their childhood. Read more >>

Today's guest blogger, Parth Singh, was a former member of the Unmask the Media Project, a student-run program, developed by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Youth Philanthropy Initiative, that addresses the issue of the media’s negative effects on teenager’s self-perceptions. His blog is the third in a series of three "Young Voices" blogs, where some of our young friends lend their perspective on what it means to be a digital citizen. Read more >>