Scaffolding Independence

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The truth is that as much as we might want it, it’s not easy for us as parents to let our children become independent.  Here we’ve spent years being the rock that they lean on, and so when the time comes for them to move out and experience the world on their own it naturally…

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Kids Activity: Living Room Poetry Slam

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Slam poetry is a free-form poetry that uses poetic devices and tools to tell a story, express a feeling, or convey a message about a specific topic or issue. It’s generally performed at poetry slams, and uses spoken word poetry, which is essentially just poetry that’s performed. Slam poetry can be off the cuff, in…

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Three steps to raising a whole child


I don’t know about you, but I tend to associate the month of January with cutting back: I vow to slow down, promise to rid my life of this, resolve to stop doing that.  Year after year, inevitably I try…and inevitably I come up short.  Yet in this month of curtailing, I instead urge parents…

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Inspiration Through Failure: Elon Musk and SpaceX


AHH the abort button is so close to his hand! Careful, buddy. from l How many times to we fail and then give up? More than anything, failure keeps us from driving forward. But what if we looked at failure in a completely different way? What if instead of being afraid of failing, we…

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The billion dollar reason to make sure your teen’s college is the right fit


TL;DR? This is a post about how Admittedly can help your teen pick the right college. Check em out, sign up for free, and tell ‘em we love ‘em, wouldja? You fantasize and agonize over your child’s first day of school.  Will she be an enthusiastic learner or fade into the background like an academic wallflower?  Will…

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Kids Activity: Make Your Own Snow Globe


There is just something absolutely magical about snow globes. They have this ethereal quality to them that brings joy to anyone who sees one, and can instantly transport you into a little winter wonderland fantasy. And um, it’s almost impossible not to shake one! These snow globes are inexpensive to make, mostly relying on materials…

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A New Year’s Resolution: Stress Management for Kids


We often think of childhood as an easy going time of fun and games. But the truth is, in today’s age when kids are completely covered up with activities and school expectations, it can be easy for kids to get overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to feel as though they can get their heads above water and catch…

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Happy Holidays from Thrively


Dear Friends of Thrively, My business partner Girish Venkat and I started Thrively almost 2 years ago with the goal of helping kids discover and pursue their passions in life. We are both dads – I have three kids, ages 7 to 14, and Girish has two, ages 6 and 16 – and not a…

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The ‘Season of Giving’ is Year Round – Fostering Compassion Beyond the Holidays

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It’s the classic image of celebrities helping the disadvantaged around the holidays – serving meals to the homeless. Spend twenty minutes spooning mashed potatoes in a cute apron on Skid Row, just long enough to get that photo, and they get to pat themselves on the back all year long. Just as celebrities go back to their lives, so…

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Celebrating Peace: The Christmas Truce of 1914


It’s a little known moment in history but an incredible example of how the holiday spirit can have an impact even in the most dire of situations. War doesn’t generally stop for the holidays – but one hundred years ago it did. credit Diana Overbey – Presently in the Past It was Christmas Eve 1914,…

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