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Bored with Summer, Starting School

It’s that exciting time of year again – the start of school. I like the feeling of bustle and optimism that a new school year brings. It’s a time for fresh starts, a burst of activity, and for many, an

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No Mind Left Behind to be Translated into Chinese

I was happy to learn that my book, No Mind Left Behind:  Understanding and Fostering Executive Control РThe Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive will be translated into Chinese. This is a great opportunity to reach

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School Research

The question of school research is always complex given limited time and resources. For me, the priority is to investigate issues of intense interest and consequence. This may be somewhat difficult within a large organization, where research ideas are prompted

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School Anxiety

Today I’m working to assist children and teens with school-based anxiety. This problem seems to be far more prevalent than most us might think. For older kids, especially, there is lots of effort spent trying to look “okay” and “together,”

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School Districts vs. Empty Political Promises

I’m assuming many are as exhausted by the political season as I am. One thing I am struck by is how easily we are ensnared in political promises, rather than paying attention to the practical advances which may be happening

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Girls and Freedom

For nearly a decade I’ve been writing about the role of purpose in boys’ lives, but what about girls? Are they as lost as so many young men seem to be? What are the key differences¬† with respect to living

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Work Without Purpose is Nothing but a Chore

I’ve been reading Philip Zimbardo’s and Nikita Coulombe’s Man (Dis)connected. There is lots of great material describing the problems of boys and young men – and I highly recommend it to those invested in helping guys come of age in

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One Child at a Time

In my career I’ve worked on two fronts: one has to do with advocating for broader, social change, and the other has to do with working to help craft the selfhood of young people, one at a time. These days

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Unplugging

I’ve recently written a newsletter article about “unplugging” from electronica, after my own experiment in going without television or internet. If this is a topic of interest to you, please sign up for the newsletter, so you’ll get this most

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Boys Sad About Breaking-Up with Themselves

  It’s no secret that breaking-up is hard to do, and seemingly harder for adolescent guys than girls. (If I’m wrong about this, feel free to argue.) Why is the break-up so much more dramatic and depressing for boys?Some might

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