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: Michele Timmons

At some point, almost every child comes home saying school is "boring" or their favorite subject is lunch. Here are 8 tips to help your child if she says she hates school. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

We all want our children to be happy, healthy and resilient--not afraid and uncomfortable. Change can be uncomfortable, but being the “new kid” will happen to everyone at some point. It's important our children learn to cope with those uncomfortable feelings. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

Back to school is an exciting time but can also cause anxiety. The best way to erase those jitters is through preparation and communication. By planning ahead, parents and children can get ready for school with a little less stress. By really listening to our kids, we can better understand our children’s feelings and help them address their fears. Read more >>

By: Vicki Bohling

Self-care is not selfish. Just ask those flight attendants who are always telling us to put the oxygen masks on ourselves first. Whether you are raising tiny tots or young adults, there are some things you can do to claim some self amidst the sacrifice. Read more >>

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

If you are looking for back-to-school tips, guides, and suggestions from people who are actually organized, there are lots of other places you should be looking (like here). So what do I have to offer on the topic of going back to school? Perspective.Read more >>

By: Marie Williams

Finding a preschool for your toddler is no small undertaking, both from a practical and emotional standpoint. Here are some tips to help you navigate this important—and for some, difficult—milestone. Read more >>

By: Susan Ragsdale

With T-minus X days and counting until school starts, thoughts automatically turn towards getting back in the groove again. Read more >>

Who wants a test in the summer? Trust us, you do! Because with this quiz, when you find the answer, the fun is only just beginning. Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

Chances are, your five-year-old probably isn't clamoring for broccoli. But if your kid surprises you and asks for seconds of zucchini--as long as you’ve got the zucchini on the table in the first place, you’re doing okay in my book.Read more >>

By: Tricia Cornell

When my family hits the road — in the summer and during the winter holidays — we often find ourselves staying with extended family. As much as I enjoy the extra together-time, I also find it draining. I spend nearly every minute on high alert: Are we in the way? Are my kids behaving? Are we helping out enough? Too much? Have we overstayed our welcome? I’m sure my anxiety makes me less than pleasant to be around. And I know it causes tension within my nuclear family. Read more >>