Shannon Montague

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Six ways parents can stay connected with their teen sons

By Phyllis Fagell<p>My friend Liz was worried that her 14-year-old son, Andy, was traumatized. While on a ski trip, he had seen a child fall off the chairlift. Andy was sitting in close range, and he saw the paramedics airlift the boy to a hospital. Liz tried to process the accident with Andy, but he …

Parenting

Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. Here are 6 tips.

A lot of parents are tired of being told how technology is screwing up their kids.<p>Moms and dads of the digital age are well aware of the growing …

Parenting

Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.

By Phyllis Fagell<p>When my girlfriends and I share stories about our first jobs, we shake our heads at our meekness. Susan recalls her boss at a company in Paris. “She would fly off the handle at the smallest things, screaming, ‘Vous êtes nul!’ — ‘You are nothing!’ ” Susan would retreat to the …

Parenting

Why are our children so bored at school, cannot wait, get easily frustrated and have no real friends?

Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the …

After 11-year-old boy's sudden death, mom warns about food allergies

The recent death of an 11-year-old boy is a tragic reminder that with food allergies, severe, life-threatening reactions don't always follow the familiar script: sometimes they take time to develop.<p>Merrill Debbs is convinced that her son, Oakley, might still be alive if she’d known more about food …

Biomedicine

<b>Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World</b> by Michelle Borba, Ed.D <i><br>Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, June 1, 2016</i><p>Empathy – the …

Empathy

Teaching Teenagers to Cope With Social Stress

Almost four million American teenagers have just started their freshman year of high school. Can they learn better ways to deal with all that stress and insecurity?<p>New research suggests they can. Though academic and social pressures continue to pile on in high school, teenagers can be taught …

Rush Hours

Thirty years ago, Ted Sizer, former Harvard Ed School dean and founder of the Essential Schools movement, described a typical public school schedule …

My 13 year old wants to spend all her time with her friends. What happened to our family?

Navigating Your Teen’s Budding Independence<p><i>My 13 year old wants to spend all her time with her friends. What happened to our family?</i><p>It's appropriate …

Parenting

How do I keep my kids safe with cell phones?

The First Cell Phone: Rules for Responsibility<p><i>"I can't believe my daughter is old enough for a cell phone already. I'm scared. How do I keep her</i> …

Parenting

Help! I miss my child when she's at school!

Managing Your Own Separation Anxiety<p>You’ve probably put a lot of thought and effort into helping your child adjust to school for the first time. And …

Parenting

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with …

5 Questions to Ask Before You Get Your Kid a Phone

My name is Laura and I'm a (recovering) perfectionist

<i>"I am a recovering perfectionist. Before, I experienced that I and everyone else was always falling short, that who we were and what we did was never</i> …

Positive Thinking

11-year-old girl worried about puberty and adolescence

Dear Dr. Markham,<p>My wonderful 11-year-old daughter is entering a difficult time and I want to know how best to help her. She's begun to hit puberty …

Parenting

My Worst Nightmare -- What If I Accidentally Raise The Bully?

I will never forget the day my daughter told me that Bethany, a girl in her 4th grade class, was <i>annoying</i> her.<p>"What is she doing to you?" I questioned, instinctively protective.<p>"She's following me around on the playground and sitting by me at lunch!" she quipped, as if that would sum things right up …

Parenting

Life can be stormy, even for kids. Here’s how to help them weather the ups and downs.

By Merete Kropp<p>The morning starts out all wrong for one of my children. “Who left just two sips of juice in the container? What kind of person does that? I don’t like any of our cereal. Why can’t you buy the cereal we like? Move over! You’re in my way!”<p>After school, another child slams the door as …

When Schools Overlook Introverts

As the focus on group work and collaboration increases, classrooms are neglecting the needs of students who work better in quiet settings.<p>When Susan Cain published <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</i> nearly four years ago, it was immediately met with acclaim. The book …

Teaching

Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help

By Phyllis L. Fagell<p>In elementary school, I was too shy to address my teachers by name. I would hover nearby, hoping they would realize I had a question. I also was the new girl, and the existing cliques seemed impenetrable. To make matters worse, I was a late reader and had difficulty articulating …

Middle School

When Choices Can Be a Very Bad Idea for Kids

I am part of a generation of adults who have evolved over the last three decades. We have changed the way we discipline students. We’ve changed the …

There's a pretty simple way we can raise kind girls instead of 'mean girls.'

I remember walking into the cafeteria of my new school and it was like someone punched me in the stomach.<p>I was in sixth grade. My family had just …

Parenting

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

A THIN LINE

5 Benefits of Having a Social Media-Savvy Kid

<i>By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor</i><p>It seems like every day there's another story about kids sexting, cyberbullying or suffering from acute FOMO (fear of missing out). Yes, the risks of social media are real. But there's a lot about the way kids use and think about apps such as …

Lisa Damour Guides Parents Through Teen Turbulence in "Untangled"

Parenting teens can be frightening. We experience fear for the challenges and dangers our daughters (and sons) will face, for the memories of our own …

Parenting

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

Erika Christakis' new book, <i>The Importance of Being Little</i>, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple …

Education