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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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Behind The Book: Date Smart

Author, Dr. Carla Marie Manly, Ph.D., shares what inspired her to write Date Smart. Read along to learn how Dr. Carla created this guide to modern dating and building strong relationships. Dating pain points We all want a “happily ever after.” Regardless of gender, race, or age, finding that perfect soulmate—the ideal life-long companion—is often

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Behind The Book: Next Stop Kindergarten

Author, Brooke Jorden, shares what inspired her to write Next Stop Kindergarten: A Preschool Graduation Affirmation. Read along to learn why Brooke chose preschool gratuation as the subject of her newest book. Transitions Transitions are scary—even for adults. It’s always easier to default to the familiar, the routine. Going to school can be a major

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Twelve Ways a Father Can Become a “Dad”

We’ve heard it before, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” But what makes a father successful enough to be a “Dad”? Yes, most children call their father “dad,” but let’s make a distinction here. Let’s capitalize “Dad” when he is more than just a father. After all,

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