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The biggest mistake you might make in your next family vacation

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“My time with Colin isn’t going like I hoped. I keep trying to bring up big topics and he hardly responds.” My husband Dave’s friend, Doug, was in a panic. To commemorate his son Colin’s sixteenth birthday, Doug told Colin he’d take him anywhere in the US for a three-day vacation. Just the two of […]

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4 ways to make this summer unforgettable for your family

Posted By Cristy

I love summers with my kids. No homework to review with them when I get home from work. Longer conversations during and after dinner. Spontaneous ice cream runs at night. Or whenever. Now that our oldest is finishing eleventh grade, Dave and I can see high school graduation on the horizon. We are determined to […]

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How do I help busy and stressed teenagers and young adults? Two new rules of thumb

Posted By Cristy

In both formal and informal discussions with leaders and parents, I love asking them to name the biggest struggle of young people. Their top response? Busyness. By far. Extensive research confirms what leaders and parents are seeing with their own eyes. In one study, 13- to 17-year-olds were more likely to report feeling “extreme stress” than […]

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3 ways to get talking with parents about technology

Posted By Cristy

The other night I talked with my daughter about the importance of keeping your research under control. I explained that one could spend hours and days exploring a particular topic, each click of a link taking you further down a tantalizing path of information. But at some point, you have to tell yourself when to […]

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