Kids’ Involvement in the Arts

Kids’ Involvement in the Arts Is your young person involved in band, orchestra, or choir or takes lessons on a musical instrument?   Research has shown that kids’ who are involved in the arts, which can also include theater, dance, literature, visual arts,...

Serious Conversations

Serious Conversations I have been writing about having serious conversations with your young person frequently.  It is equally important that kids have three or more adults that they can go to for help and that they have serious conversations with them.  Having...

What Kids Need: Friendship-Making Skills

What Kids Need: Friendship-Making Skills The Search Institute lists Friendship-Making Skills as Asset #27 on their list of the 40 Developmental Assets for Youth.  The ability to make and keep friends is another lifelong skill that serves us all our life.  When we are...

What Kids Need: Music

What Kids Need: Music Not just music, playing an instrument, or learning to sing.  As a high school band director for many years, I can say with authority that the kids that are involved in band, orchestra, or choir are good.  They often take private lessons and...

What Kids Need: Parental Discipline

What Kids Need: Parental Discipline Okay, you have established some rules, and set some consequences, negotiated this upfront in advance of a big problem, and solicited your child’s feedback.  Now what?  Now, you must enforce those consequences as agreed upon. ...