Parenting

Children and Families Thrive When Communities Care, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Children and Families Thrive When Communities Care

Communities make a positive difference for children and families when they connect around common values, form meaningful relationships with each other, and provide resources that help kids flourish in life. We know this to be true, not just from research, but because we know deep in our bones that the […]

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55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents 2019

Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Teachers, would you like to share some great parenting articles with students’ families?  This popular list of back-to-school articles was just updated for the 2019-2020 school year. It contains some of the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-being, parent engagement, special […]

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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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Art Projects for Kids: Learning that Matters | Roots of Action

Art Projects for Kids: Learning That Matters

With summer around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about the wonderful art projects for kids that make learning fun! While engaging in kid’s arts and crafts should not be limited by season, summer is a great time to dive into projects without lots of homework on the back […]

Creativity
Character Strengths: What Are They and Why They Matter? | Roots of Action

Character Strengths: What Are They and Why They Matter?

What are character strengths? What meaningful role does character play in child and adult development? It is widely acknowledged that character –not beauty, high test scores, or wealth–account for life satisfaction and well-being. Derived from the field of positive psychology, the term character strengths has become synonymous with a group […]

Resilience
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
Explaining Death to Children Begins with Loving Presence | Roots of Action

Explaining Death to Children Begins with Loving Presence

Most adults agree that explaining death to children is one of the toughest conversations we can have. And one of the biggest mistakes we often make is not talking about death with kids. Research shows that most children experience the loss of someone they love by the time they finish […]

Resilience
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
Kindness Quotes that Teach Kids to Care | Roots of Action

Kindness Quotes That Teach Kids to Care

Kindness quotes and famous remarks about empathy, compassion, forgiveness, and peace help engage children in meaningful conversations about themselves. Through these discussions, we teach kids about the true essence of the human spirit.   Empathy is the ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of others. […]

Empathy
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
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 […]

Creativity