Three steps to raising a whole child

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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

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AHH the abort button is so close to his hand! Careful, buddy. from wikipedia.org 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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What do you get the kid who has everything? [+giveaway]

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Seriously. Between tech gadgets, LEGOs, video games, and clothing, what do you get the kid who has everything? Or a better question may be… do kids really need more stuff? I’m not saying don’t give any gifts. I’m saying consider the fact that our kids might not need more stuff just for stuff’s sake. For a minute,…

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Movie night! 7 movies to keep your family thinking

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Looking for a way to enjoy the calm before the holiday storm this weekend with your family? Here are seven movies to get your family thinking and talking. As a bonus, they’re all available right on Netflix, though not all in the kids section. All of these are appropriate for tweens and up.  Fire up…

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