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Articles: Cultivating Self-Awareness in ParentsBy Diana Divecha | June 17, 2016
A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.
New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.
Articles: How to Help Low-Income Students SucceedBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2016
According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?
Articles: How to Talk with Teens about PurposeBy Jill Suttie | May 13, 2016
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
Articles: Ten Changes New Parents FaceBy Diana Divecha | May 4, 2016
Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.
Articles: When Taking Risks is Good for TeensBy Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
The GOP candidate is creating fear and confusion in children, especially kids of color. Here are three suggestions for talking with kids about race and racism in the media.
For baby massage, swimming, yoga, and signing, the scientific jury is still out.
Articles: What Preschools Can Teach UniversitiesBy Nicola Whitton | March 30, 2016
The emphasis on grades is sapping motivation from university students. "Playful learning" can help reignite it.
Articles: Six Ways to Help People ChangeBy Art Markman | March 7, 2016
If you want to help someone reach their goals, follow these steps.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Articles: What Happens to Kids When Parents FightBy Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Articles: How Songs Help Children BondBy Tom Jacobs | January 22, 2016
A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.
Articles: Why Parents Sing to BabiesBy Jill Suttie | January 19, 2016
Are we born to sing? New research suggests that music is critical to emotional and social development.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: What Inequality Does to KidsBy Diana Divecha | December 1, 2015
Robert Putnam's recent book issues a wake-up call for what a nation can and should do for its families.
Articles: Three Reasons to Raise Grateful KidsBy Shuka Kalantari | November 19, 2015
Here's what Shuka Kalantari learned from researching the science of gratitude while raising a toddler.
Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
Teen stress is on the rise. According to a new study, learning mindfulness and self-compassion can help teens cope.
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