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How to Start a Conversation with Gen-Zers

When it comes to Generation-Z—young people born between 1997 and 2012—my number one piece of advice to start a conversation with Gen-zers is: If you want to know something, just ask them. In social situations—even one-on-one interactions—Gen-Zers can come off as aloof, rude, unsociable, awkward, introverted . . . (pop in whatever stereotype you want). But I have …

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The Morning Routine: Getting Your Family Out the Door

Summer break is over, and the days of slow, routine-less mornings are giving way to alarm clocks and school bells. While most parents feel at least a little relieved to get back to a regular schedule, the transition into a morning routine can be a major source of stress. I have three children in school …

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7 Top Tips for Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

As parents and caregivers, we have a primary instinct to protect our children from psychological and physical harm. When traumatic events arise—from school shootings to natural disasters—we often feel overwhelmed by confusion, anger, grief, numbness, and sadness. As the shock wears off, we want to have the skills to tend to our children with the …

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The 3 Big Questions Kids Navigate During Adolescence

When you ask people to recall their preteen and teen years, a consistent pattern emerges. Alongside positive memories, they remember trying to fit in, exclusion, and friendship changes. They share uncomfortable stories and feelings of insecurity. And this rings true for adolescents today. A UCLA study of 6,000 sixth-graders found that two-thirds changed friendships during …

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