Imagination

The Heart and Science of Raising a Human

When you become a parent, you often have this idealized notion of how it is going to go. You will fall in love with your baby and your baby will fall in love with you. You will figure out how to help them grow. It will all work out. After […]

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Family Meetings Can Be Fun, Productive, and Meaningful | Roots of Action

Family Meetings Can Be Fun, Productive, and Meaningful

Family meetings are opportunities for parents and children to discuss important issues, strengthen communication, reinforce values, and nurture positive relationships. Often, parents and kids are reluctant to adopt family meetings because they don’t understand their purpose and structure. Some parents fear it will lessen their authority. Conversely, children may view […]

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How Children Learn: Fit, Fairness, and Flexibility | Roots of Action

How Children Learn: Fit, Fairness, and Flexibility

When we understand how children learn best, parents and teachers can be more responsive to young people’s needs as students and lifelong learners. Not all children learn the same way. There are differences in how knowledge is acquired by each child, and this is an often-frustrating reality for parents who […]

Resourcefulness
Benefits of Nature for Children and Families | Roots of Action

Benefits of Nature for Children and Families

What are the benefits of nature? How does nature improve children’s health and well-being? These are a few of many questions addressed by researchers in recent years. The answers provide important insights for families and schools. There are many scientific studies that underscore the benefits of nature, including stress relief, improved […]

Creativity
Creativity Quotes that Inspire Kids’ Inner Genius | Roots of Action

Creativity Quotes That Inspire Kids’ Inner Genius

Can creativity quotes from famous, diverse voices inspire kids to explore their own creative abilities? Absolutely! Like poetry, song, and prose of all kinds, quotes have a unique way of reaching to the core of what humans have learned about themselves for centuries. With the help of adults who take […]

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Quotes for Kids that Promote Healthy Development | Roots of Action

Quotes for Kids That Promote Healthy Development

If you are wondering how inspiring quotes for kids can encourage self-reflection, critical thinking, and healthy development, this series of articles is for you!  In today’s digital world, adults have discovered an intense interest in quotes and share them widely on social media. Why? Because quotes contain deep seeds of meaning. […]

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Daydreaming: Mindless or Meaningful Behavior, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Daydreaming: Mindless or Meaningful?

As a child, daydreaming was one of my favorite activities. Or should I say, non-activities? I spent hours alone in my room with random thoughts wandering through my mind. I loved to think about patterns, people, and the mysteries of how things were connected. My parents believed I was doing […]

Creativity
What is Positive Youth Development? by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Positive Youth Development: Research, Principles, and Practices

Positive youth development is the practice of nurturing core internal strengths and abilities in children and teens. It is about providing opportunities for youth to believe in themselves and their abilities to influence their lives and the world around them.  As families, schools, and communities, we share one goal.  We want […]

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Creativity: How Parents Nurture the Evolution of Children’s Ideas, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD

Creativity: How Parents Nurture the Evolution of Children’s Ideas

At its core, creativity is about brewing new ideas. If you carefully observe children before the age of six, you’ll notice they are idea-generating enthusiasts! Why? Because humans are uniquely creative beings, born with a gift to create new ideas and innovative outcomes that evolve from their ideas. What happens […]

Creativity
Successful Kids Need 8 Core Abilities: How to Parent With Purpose, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Successful Kids Need 8 Core Abilities: How to Parent With Purpose

Successful kids get excellent grades, right? They play at least one sport very well. Successful kids do regular community service and, of course, take Advanced Placement courses. They attend the best colleges and attain great-paying jobs. Wait. If you’ve ever envisioned this fairy-tale definition of kids’ success, it’s time to […]

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