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positive parenting

Positive Parenting: Powerful Ways to Raise Healthy Kids

The term positive parenting has become more widespread as the practice of parenting becomes influenced by research in the new scientific field of positive psychology. What is positive parenting? Positive parenting focuses on parenting practices that nurture the development of children’s core internal strengths. Rather than focusing on kids’ weaknesses […]

Compass-Inspired
Role models influence youth

How Role Models Influence Youth Strategies for Success

As teenagers grow to young adulthood, who are their role models? Who do they emulate? Why? One of the most popular articles at Roots of Action is What is a Role Model? Five Qualities that Matter to Teens. Collected from my research on highly successfully, civically-engaged young people, it describes […]

Resourcefulness
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
Youth Mentoring Rocks!

Youth Mentoring Rocks! How Teens Find Great Mentors

Like many adults, I can recall the profound influence that youth mentoring has had on my life. Not only did my mentor, a high school teacher, support me through my challenging teen years, but I have felt her positive influence for a lifetime. Why is youth mentoring so important? How […]

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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
How Kids Learn to Take Initiative and Overcome Challenges, by Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell

How Kids Learn to Take Initiative and Overcome Challenges

Learning to take initiative is a behavior that helps kids navigate their lives with courage and optimism.  Alfred D. Souza makes a great point:  “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to […]

Resilience
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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Are You a People-Pleaser? Why Parents Shouldn’t Always Satisfy Kids’ Desires

Are You a People-Pleaser? Why Parents Shouldn’t Always Say Yes

If you’re a people-pleaser and a parent, beware. Research shows that your behavior can have a negative impact on your child’s development. We all want what’s best for our children. Whether they’re toddlers or teenagers, a parent’s natural tendency is to want their children to be content and happy. To […]

Resourcefulness
A Growth Mindset Fuels Creativity in Youth, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

A Growth Mindset Fuels Creativity in Youth

“A growth mindset is when students believe that their abilities can be developed,” says Carol Dweck, renowned Stanford University psychologist. Dweck coined the phrase growth mindset after decades of research on how children and teens become successful. Dweck’s groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, explains that success and […]

Creativity
Middle School: When Coming-of-Age Stories Begin, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Middle School: When Coming-of-Age Stories Begin

Middle school is often linked to that awkward stage of development when young people start to question their confidence and abilities. This occurs as they gain awareness of the world around them and as they compare themselves to friends and classmates. Middle school is also a time of accelerated learning […]

Self-Awareness