positive youth development

Good Grades May Harm Student Health

Good grades are positive, right? The answer is not as straightforward as you might imagine. Of course, good grades can be terrific. That is, unless the stress of getting them causes children to feel unworthy or fail to develop abilities that matter much more than grades. Even for children who […]

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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
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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Parenting Educators to Follow

Parenting Educators to Follow!

Finding exceptional parenting educators can be challenging in the Information Age, even when every conceivable parenting topic can be instantly found via a search engine. Parents can share their experiences with “Mommy or Daddy Bloggers” and get feedback from almost anyone willing to respond to questions. But in the end, […]

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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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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
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
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Mindful Gift Giving in Families Shapes Children’s Values

Gift giving is a traditional practice in most families. On special occasions throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season, children are faced with gift-giving decisions that will shape their lifelong values about giving. If we look beyond the external act of giving gifts, research in child development tells […]

Empathy
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 […]

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