Self-Reflective

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

Developing Emotional Intelligence Through Children’s Songs

Developing emotional intelligence in children is critical to their success in life. Often characterized as the depth to which individuals experience and perceive emotions, emotional intelligence can be exercised, just like intellectual intelligence, through meaningful children’s activities and experiences. Singing songs about feelings is one way that expands children’s emotional […]

Empathy
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 […]

Compass-Inspired
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
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 […]

Compass-Inspired
Childhood Trauma: How Adults Can Foster Healing and Resilience

Childhood Trauma: How Adults Can Foster Healing and Resilience

Childhood trauma often occurs from distressing events or relationships that exceed a young person’s ability to understand or process a traumatic experience. Most of us link trauma with tragedies like mass shootings, rape, accidents, war, or natural disasters. But childhood trauma is also associated with “adverse childhood experiences” (ACES) including […]

Resilience
Self-Awareness: How Parents Foster Meaning and Purpose in Kids, by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

Self-Awareness: How Parents Foster Meaning and Purpose in Kids

The concept of self-awareness has intrigued philosophers since the dawn of antiquity. In today’s world, it’s a term that can easily be dismissed as frivolous self-absorption, or even worse, narcissism. Yet, self-awareness is a core ability that helps us gain a deeper understanding of how we think, feel, and act […]

Self-Awareness