Maybe it’s Olympic fever or maybe it’s just plain good advice?

August 15, 2016

Why is it that we love an Olympic hero? Is it the glory of all that gold, or is it in the unimaginable effort that is required to get there? These athletes teach us a level of resilience and guts that most of us can’t even fathom? Medal winning or not, there’s nothing like putting your heart and soul […]

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7 Things to remember when everything goes wrong

August 15, 2016

For all the visual learners out there this is a great video on what it means to be resilient.  It’s short and sweet but pretty much covers all necessary behaviours in overcoming adversity. Nothing more to say really…watch and learn!

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Humbling Advice from a Business Icon?

August 6, 2016

Here is a list of Rules for Students, most frequently attributed to Bill Gates however originally put forth by Charles Sykes in his book “Dumbing Down America”. Again, its one of those controversial lists that may have some of us nodding and saying “oh yeah” with while others simply disagree. Either way, it’s a great […]

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What the Research Says

July 21, 2016

We love good data as much as anyone! While we ‘know what we know’ based on experience, it’s always a good reminder we are on the right track when the research supports our perspective. A recent article in Tech Insider, entitled Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common, by Rachel […]

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7 Habits of Highly Resilient People

July 7, 2016

There’s that word again…resilience! It keeps popping up everywhere. We really loved this article we came across on the Mindy Body Green website that offers an easy to read summary of what it means to be resilient.  We are particularly fond of the concept of ‘finding meaning in the mess’. This is perhaps the one […]

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It’s that time of year. Inspiring words from a university commencement address

June 18, 2016

On Sunday 12th June, documentary film maker and historian Ken Burns delivered the commencement address at Stanford University.  His speech covered a number of topics – the impact of history on our thinking and behavior; creeds to live by from famous leaders; politics, policy and government; the blessings and curse of social media; and some honest personal advice for embracing […]

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Teaching Your Teens about ‘Consent’ and Sex

June 15, 2016

Why is it that ‘those’ conversations are some of the hardest to have? This post seems particularly poignant post after the Brock Turner rape case.  Clearly offering someone ‘tea’ when they are unconscious is not a good idea.  We came across this fab video that is a fantastic way to explain to teens what ‘consent’ means […]

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Have We Lost the Ability To Tell Our Kids ‘No’

June 14, 2016

If you are living anywhere in the US right now, and in particular somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area then you are no doubt aware of the Brock Turner, Stanford rape case. Much has been reported, debated, and discussed in communities across the Bay Area and no doubt across the country. Seems that everywhere we […]

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How Not to Raise a Little Jerk

June 11, 2016

I just happened to pass by the tv the other day when the Today Show did a segment called ‘How Not to Raise a Little Jerk’.  Of course I had to stop and take a listen!  The creator of this fabulous title and TED talk is none other than Dr Deborah Gilboa, parenting expert and […]

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‘Resilience’ is trending

June 11, 2016

Its funny how often we hear the word ‘resilience’ being bandied around today.  Probably because it embraces so many of the things we want for ourselves and for our teens – to have ‘grit’, to be able to rise to the challenge, to overcome adversity, to have a growth mindset…the list goes on. It was […]

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