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Character Building

Why I Don't Want My Kids to Be Happy

Elisabeth Duckett | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Elisabeth Duckett

You want to keep from them the agony of failure, the pain of rejection and the self-conscious awkwardness of not fitting in. You want your child to walk through the world believing they can do anything and be anyone and that they are special. I get all that. I just disagree.

There's Still Important Value For Youth Participating In Competitive Sports

Kirk Mango | Posted 05.09.2015 | Sports
Kirk Mango

With the constant media attention given to illegal PED use by elite and professional athletes, along with other cheating and poor, unethical, even abusive behavior by them as well as some coaches, parents and athletes at many levels of sport... you really have to wonder whether kids derive any benefits from participation in competitive sports.

Sports Set Our Kids Up For Success -- But WE Must Follow Through

Scott Rosberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Sports
Scott Rosberg

Sports can be extremely valuable in the growth and development of young people. However, it is up to us as the adults to do everything we can to make sure that what we want them to learn and enjoy from the experience are the very things that we are teaching them.

Life Skills for Work and Play: Sustained Appreciation

George Vou | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
George Vou

To appreciate does not mean you can or should not ever have more, but it does mean that we place things in order, at least in our minds, and remember to be continually grateful.

From Bambi's Mom to Will on The Good Wife, The Darlings Must Die!

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

Though killing off a darling is a great storytelling device, storytellers need to think very carefully about it. If done well, it builds an emotional connection between audiences and characters. If done poorly, it becomes the proverbial bridge too far.

A Blessing In Disguise?

Amy Oraefo | Posted 12.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

The next time you do not get that job that you so desperately wanted or you were unable to purchase the house of your dreams, take a deep breath and know that this roadblock is temporary and it must pass.

Two Tales Involving 350 Kids, Entitlement and Lessons in Parenting and Life

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 12.01.2013 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

What kinds of kids are we raising when we do not teach them to own up to their faults, that in this case, actually included committing a crime?