Critical Thinking

Back-to-School Articles 2020

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents 2020

Whether back-to-school this year will involve in-person or remote learning, it is always a time when parents and teachers revisit what is most important for children and how to best support their development.   This popular list of back-to-school articles was updated for the 2020-2021 school year. Some articles focus […]

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Empathy comes from the heart

How to Teach Empathy: A Framework for Parents and Teachers

Learning how to teach empathy begins with the nurturing relationships we enjoy with children. Empathy is our ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of other people. It is the north point of the Compass Advantage, symbolizing the powerful outward impact that empathy has in our […]

Empathy
What are inner strengths?

Cultivating Inner Strengths in Adolescents

Research shows that young people who develop inner strengths and attributes during childhood and adolescence are more likely to flourish in school, careers, and adult life. That’s because success goes far beyond external achievements. It is driven by our core abilities to form positive relationships, collaborate, lead, and contribute to […]

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Service Learning Projects Foster Positive Development

When I was a teenager, we didn’t have a term for service-learning. Projects existed to volunteer in our communities but not many people thought about the lifelong value of such projects. Today, I know that my life was changed as a result of working with a group of students to […]

Empathy

Future Leadership: Lessons from History

What skills do future leaders need? The answer may surprise you. Research suggests that great leadership is not about a bulleted list of teachable skills, but about the quality of the person. Why is this important to parents, teachers, and others who imagine the future leadership potential of today’s young […]

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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
Coaching Youth Sports: Beyond Winners and Losers

Coaching Youth Sports: Beyond Winners and Losers

Coaching youth sports is a rewarding job, particularly for adults who see their roles beyond winning and losing. Coaches of youth sports are role models and key players in making sports experiences gratifying and beneficial for children and teens. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), “sports participation […]

Resilience
Critical Thinking: How to Grow Your Child's Mind, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Critical Thinking: How to Grow Your Child’s Mind

Is critical thinking for kids? Absolutely! The art of critical thinking begins in childhood. What kind of thinker is your child?  Does he believe everything on TV?  Does she always figure out how to get what she wants?  Does he ask questions?  Does she go along with what her friends […]

Curiosity
Quotes About Curiosity to Inspire Kid's Life-Long Learning | Roots of Action

Quotes About Curiosity That Inspire Kids’ Life-Long Learning

What if some of the best quotes about curiosity could stimulate children’s thinking about themselves and how they learn? Like a well-written poem or song, an inspiring quote can spark self-reflection and action! Curiosity is the ability to seek and acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of understanding the world. […]

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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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