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Talking to Your Stressed-Out Teen

This article from NPR has some wise advice about talking to your teen about the aspects in their life that stress them out.  Here are a few important highlights of the article: “When teens are overwhelmed, parents may try to

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

$$$$$ Who’s Paying? $$$$$

There is a recent article in the New York Times about the value of a gap year – taking a year between high school and college to travel, volunteer, do service work, learn a new language, etc.  Embedded in the article

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

The Glass is Half-Full

This is a great article about the importance and value of training your brain to see the positives in any situation. The advice is very simple, but incredibly powerful. “The research that Dr. Fredrickson and others have done demonstrates that

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

What Do You Know? And How Do You Know It?

This NY Times article explains why it’s so easy to believe information that is demonstrably false. Part of the reason is that much of what we know is actually “collective” knowledge. “Knowledge isn’t in my head or in your head.

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Sometimes Parents Make Mistakes

Sometimes parents make mistakes. And that’s okay. Check out this NY Times article about parental mistakes and parental guilt. “There is no job in our lives that is as hard as this one; there is no job we care about

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Technology: The Upsides and the Downsides

Our junior high program strives to maximize the potential of technology as a teaching and learning tool. Teachers use technology to be more effective at presenting information and students use technology to dive deeper into content material, access dynamic informational

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Important Questions for Global Citizens

This is an interesting article from The Atlantic about the value of student travel – the way that travel can provide so many opportunities that can’t be found within the four walls of a school building.  All of the trips we

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso

Be a “Potted Plant” Parent

“By their nature, adolescents aren’t always on board with our plans for making the most of family time and they aren’t always in the mood to chat. Happily, the quality parenting of a teenager may sometimes take the form of

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Posted in 12-14 - Chris Ambroso