Golden children vs. comeback kids

I hadn’t previously read any of KJ Dell’Antonia’s work, but her recent blog post, It is harder to raise the comeback kid than the golden child. And better, resonated with me. She shares specific advice without seeming (to me) too pedantic. And as a parent herself, she manages to speak from the parents’ side, acknowledging that […]

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Common sense never goes out of style

While waiting at the beginning of a five-hour window for a service tech to repair my washing machine, I answered a call from the repair company. A recording played confirming my appointment and said, “If you would like to track your technician and see the estimated time of arrival…” I perked up. What a great […]

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Five benefits of holiday jobs

The holidays offer a great opportunity that many high school students overlook—the chance to work a part-time job. Many local businesses, especially stores and retail outlets, will hire seasonal part-time or even full-time workers to help out during the busy holiday season. Beyond the obvious benefits of earning extra money (a nice bonus if you’ve […]

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Private counselors: five holiday service extensions

Private counselors, there’s nothing wrong with sending a traditional holiday card to your customers. But there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about it, either. And most cards from businesses end up in the recycling bin anyway. So why not send something with more lift and a longer shelf life? Here are five holiday service extensions your customers […]

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Rational explanations for irrational behavior

Some kids handle the college admissions process a lot better than their parents do. The journey through college applications has morphed into one that can cause even the steadiest parents to feel some occasional anxiety. Unfortunately, it can also cause some otherwise perfectly reasonable adults to come completely unhinged. Parents forging their kids’ college essays. […]

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Passion projects

My mother-in-law’s 70th birthday party this year was an outdoor affair that featured a jazz quartet. All four musicians were high school students from two different schools. They’d found each other when two members posted an ad online looking for high school musicians interested in playing gigs and earning extra money. They were fantastic. And […]

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Determination: friend or foe?

I love the show Shark Tank. Budding entrepreneurs pitch their business—and offer a stake in their company—to the cast of multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons (the sharks) in exchange for an investment. It’s entertaining, it’s educational, and it’s helped to launch hundreds of successful businesses. But every now and then, an entrepreneur will present a business that’s […]

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For parents: let kids prepare for life

A friend asked me this week to help him revise his resume. Anyone who’s made a resume has grappled with similar questions. How do you describe your experience and accomplishments in such a limited space? How can you stand out when you’re reduced to paper? How do you reconcile the fact that you’re sending this […]

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