On fostering imagination


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein Children are born with imagination. Like hopping in the Delorean and whisking away to alternate worlds at light speed,…

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Five ways to spot a great educator


First off, let’s define educator. An educator doesn’t necessarily mean a school teacher, though it can. In fact, many of the people who educate us have nothing to do with what goes on in a classroom. Parents, grandparents, older siblings, religious leaders, peers, businesspeople and coaches, just to name a few, are primary educators in…

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Goal setting with kids


Image credit: Marc Dussault Often times when we think about goal setting for kids, our mind conjures images of overbearing, intrusive parents who are attempting to push their children harder than is healthy. Driven families who are willing to do anything and sacrifice anything in the name of marking some trophy or title, some invitation or…

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The 5 best/worst things about the first week of school


School is starting everywhere. And while there are some amazing things about summer, there is also something to be said for going back to school. Here are the five BORST (get it? Best AND Worst? right? heh..hehh…ok sorry) things about the first week of school. They’re the good and the bad, at the same time. 1.  New…

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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]


And the winner is…. 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 encourage their dreams. Thrively believes that if parents have…

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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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