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Keys to Communicating with Our Children

Meaningful conversations are something every parent desires to have with their children. As a mom of three boys ranging in age from fourteen to twenty, I’ve learned that those heart-to-hearts don’t just happen. Foundational relationship building is a necessary first step, and it’s not always convenient. Show an Interest in Your Child’s Interests Many conversations …

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How to Teach Kids About Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th each year. This holiday is meant to celebrate and honor the cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Read along to learn about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month. Explore ways you can celebrate and honor the culture with your family. Hispanic Heritage Month History …

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One Thing You Can Do to Give Your Child Resilience and Grit!

In 2001, Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush from Emery University had a hypothesis that children who know more about their families are more resilient and can handle challenges better than children who have limited knowledge about their families. This led them to create a “Do You Know?” list of questions to ask children …

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Behind the Book: BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)

Author, Jessica Speer, shares what inspired her to write her newest book BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) read along to learn about her work as a social scientist and friendship expert. Preteen and Teen Years Friendships can be challenging, especially during the preteen and teen years. Most girls and women have uncomfortable or painful …

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Why Girls’ Social Struggles Intensify During Adolescence

Friendships can be challenging, especially during adolescence. When you ask women to recall their preteen and teen social lives, a consistent pattern emerges. There are stories of enduring friendships but also uncomfortable social memories. Women share stories of exclusion, drama, loneliness, fitting in, and friendships lost. And this rings true for girls today. A UCLA …

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Back-to-School, Back-to-Friendship

Friendship Truths to Guide Kids as They Head Back to Classrooms Making and maintaining friendships can be challenging, especially during the preteen and teen years. Given the wide range of social-emotional skills in a single classroom, it’s no wonder that friendship struggles unfold. Throw in a pandemic, social distancing, and school closures and it’s no …

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How to Support Your Kids Through Friendship Struggles

Adolescence is a time of tremendous change and growth. Preteens and teens begin to rely more on their peers than their families for support and identity, hence the increased need to “fit in.” They begin to shape their own identity through what they wear, who they hang out with, and what they do. And all …

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