Is your child suffering from toxic stress?

Stress infographic

Not all stress is created equal. Some stress is good for us. It helps us learn, grow, adapt, and improve. Other stress is temporary, and teaches us resilience and to overcome fear. But some stress is downright harmful, and as parents, we need to be able to recognize the signs and know when to pull…

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Are you STEAM’d up for school? [+SCHOLARSHIP]


[Only here for the free stuff? Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway.*] How do you know if you’re raising the next Thomas Edison, Stephen Hawkings, Vincent van Gogh, or Bill Gates? What these famous STEAM-y icons had in common was lots of curiosity, access to the right opportunities, and guidance along the way to…

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7 Things Mrs. Doubtfire Taught Me About Parenting

mrs doubtfire house

“But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be all right… ” – Euphegenia Doubtfire The 1993 movie Mrs. Doubtfire resonated for parents and children everywhere. It taught us all lessons about what family…

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Investment bankers: don’t you know they’re human, too?*

dog banker meme

Editor’s note: I thought of the title. Don’t hate us for cheesiness. *Sung to the tune of that at-first-catchy-but-now-stuck-in-my-head-please-make-it-stop pop song. Perhaps the greatest, most consistent lesson I have learned throughout life is the importance of helping others and being of service to the community at large. This was engrained from the early years, where community…

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Not bad for a farm girl from Fargo


As a young girl growing up on a farm outside of Fargo, ND, I spent many of my days dancing around my living room (listening to Xanadu over and over) and dreaming of becoming a famous actress someday. Thankfully, my parents allowed me to dream and were willing to help me any way possible. They…

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Harrison’s dad

Photo of lake with a house on it

From where I’m sitting at the lifeguard station they start out as a dot, growing larger and taking shape as they slowly paddle across the pond. There he is, sitting straight and proud, for being 5 foot nothing, his barrel chest straining his yellow life jacket and his tiny son in his little orange life jacket,…

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If your child asks you permission to build a life size lego car so he can drive it, say yes.


We often forget that each individual is the center of his own world, a world with its own magnetic field, so naturally everybody has a compass that points in a different direction – a different North.

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6 outdoor games from our childhoods that are still fun… and free! [+GIVEAWAY]


Can we please all just commit to each other right now that we will turn off our routers, change the wifi password, disengage the 4G LTE force field, shove our kids out the door, and tell them not to come back until it’s dark? When they get all “But… But… excuses!” just give them some ideas from this post.

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Gamers Made Good Profile: Alan Wolfe, Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment

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We asked, they answered. Team Thrively owes a big thanks to our gamer guest blog contributors who shared their gaming upbringing. Alan’s is the third gaming success story in our series.

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Gamers Made Good Profile: Steven Green, Shriek Studios


We asked, they answered. Team Thrively owes a big thanks to our gamer guest blog contributors who shared their gaming upbringing. Steve’s is the second gaming success story in our series.

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