When teens lie (because they all do!)

“Nelly, where are you going?” asks her mother one Saturday night, as her 16-year-old daughter scampers out the front door in a low-cut shirt and miniskirt.

“Shannon and I are going to a movie, I forget the name. Then we’re gonna eat at the new whatchamacallit cafe and I’ll be back by 11 or 12. Don’t wait up!”

“Okay… but… but… but…”  

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GRIT - how to raise a kid who won’t quit

Persistence is a hot topic among education researchers these days and for good reason: It’s critical for success in school and beyond. Here are 8 tips for nurturing this quality in your child.

Determined, diligent, tenacious, persistent — we use these adjectives to describe Olympians, spelling bee champions, entrepreneurs, and success stories of all kinds. Do they describe your child?

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Cracking the code on curiosity

“I have to write a stupid outer space story in class next Tuesday,” says my 11-year-old daughter. “I hate astronomy. It’s so boring.”

“Boring?” I say. “You don’t see the universe as … amazing?”

“Too far away,” she grumbles. “And I just don’t care.” She trudges to her room to examine the assignment’s three reference papers.

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Gratitude: the cure for entitlement and materialism

10 tips from experts on promoting gratitude in our kids

How do you raise kids that don’t just say thank you but mean it too? How do you fight the factors leading to entitled and materialistic children? GreatSchools queried three scholars who shared their informed opinions on combatting materialism, oxytocin parenting, and deepening gratitude in our children. Armed with these 10 tips, you can upgrade the “attitude of gratitude” in your household.

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Are American children ungrateful?

Research suggests that we may be raising a generation that is missing out on the benefits of gratitude.

Imagine your children in their nicest clothes, crawling on their hands and knees, heads humbly bowed. They creep with their classmates in a quiet parade down the center aisle of their school auditorium, their fingers gripping floral bouquets. Arriving on stage, your children prostrate themselves, before rising to extend the fragrant blooms to their beloved teachers, reverently thanking them for their instruction. In the audience, parents weep.

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Dignity & Equality - important humanist principles for Ugandan Children

The first humanist principle is “Dignity and Equality” - it “proclaims the natural dignity and inherent equality of all human beings.” This first principle is the most important principle, it asks that we respect all human beings, and give them dignity.

Humanists believe every human being deserves respect regardless of culture, race, nationality, gender or religion. Humanists believe everyone has the right to live free of ill treatment and cruelty. We should treat every human being with kindness. We should treat them in the way that we ourselves would like to be treated. Humanists believe no one should be physically hurt, or insulted or verbally mistreated. No one should be a slave, or paid unfairly for their work.

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The Second Humanist Principle for Uganda Children is: “Respect Life and Property”

Humanists believe people have the right to own their lives, and the right to own property.

We believe killing people is bad, because it “steals” the lives of other people. We believe war and the killing that takes place in war, is ethically wrong. We must never go to war, except to defend ourselves. Humanists are also opposed to executions - killing people who have committed a crime. We also believe prisoners should be treated with kindness.