How to Help a Child Who is LD (Learns Differently)

Schools often assign students to learning groups. It doesn’t take kids long to figure out who belongs to which group. Like them, I understood who belonged to the butterfly group when I was a child (the smart kids) – and those who were caterpillars (kids who weren’t smart – like me). Children often use these […]

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A Survey for Adults and Children They Love

Malala Yousafzai, human rights and education activist, said, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” When Malala was 17 years old, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel peace prize. Words have power. So do questions. Steffane Wells is a teacher. One day, she asked her […]

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9 Great Reasons to Love Millennials

“We’re the generation everyone loves to hate, amirite?” writes Paige Stanard, journalism major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “With our ‘stupid iPhones’ and our apps and our selfies and our social networks and our ‘narcissism,’ we’re labeled as the least patriotic generation, as racists, as the least informed generation and many more stereotypes. However, I […]

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How to Build a Collaborative Youth Leadership Team

“Effective leadership is putting first things first,” insisted Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” About 20 years ago, a group of teachers, youth ministers, coaches, and I wanted to empower teens with collaborative leadership skills. There were different models […]

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10 Tips to Mentor Youth Like a Superstar

Teens are starving for attention from an adult who believes in them. A  teen who doesn’t have a healthy relationship with an adult often lacks confidence. They are less likely to develop communication and social skills needed to establish strong personal boundaries because no one is available to be a role model. They have no one to turn to for […]

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Interview with Amanda Springob: Mental Health Youth Speaker

Amanda Springob is a vivacious college student and motivational speaker. Throughout high school, she lived a double life. Although she was a successful and popular student, it wasn’t until she conquered internal conflicts of depression and anxiety that she found the secret to living in this awkward, confusing, beautiful world.   Now, she offers powerful insight […]

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Word Wars: Redefining “Feminism” and “Equality”

The word “feminism” stirs up a war of emotion based on one’s understanding (or misunderstanding) of the word. Kathy Frankovic, a public opinion polling expert, conducted a large-scale survey to examine how men and women define “feminism.” Many of the participants in her poll called feminism “liberal,” “stupid,” “radical,” and “extreme.” Few of the participants claimed to support feminism beliefs – […]

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How to Inspire Teamwork & Collaboration

“The only place ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary,” insisted Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Lombardi passionately rallied team spirit and established a collaborative commitment to excellence among his players.  He believed “the achievements of […]

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Escape the Scarcity Mentality Jungle

You need air to breathe. Do you worry there might not be enough air for you to survive? Do you save air because someone may take it away from you? When you believe you have an abundant supply of resources (like air), you don’t worry whether or not it will run out – unless your […]

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How to Manage Change (Without Chaos)

Change opens an emotional can of uncertainty. Change can shake you to your core. Feelings like anxiety and confusion that result from big life transitions can paralyze your efforts to move forward. “What you are is what you have been,” said Gautama Buddha. “What you will be is what you do now.” Transitions push you […]

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