Big Little Lies

Despite uniformity among children, teens, and adults about the importance of honesty, it often seems in short supply.
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Many young people thrive in college environments: new relationships, challenges and independence. Others find the shift to college a mixed blessing or even a downright disaster.
Daniel Peters

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

For many, sunny days may seem a distant memory regardless of season … or sun.
Jad Limcaco

Inflection Points

“Growing up doesn’t have to be so much a straight line as a series of advances and retreats.” That sentiment mirrors the unsteady footing of personal development.
Oliver Cole

Camp, Interrupted

Indeed, my season at camp had been interrupted halfway to the finish line. I was aggrieved.
Frank McKenna

Thick and Thin

It seems, in the end, the character trait most in question is, well, character.
Christian Sterk

Hidden Faces

It seems counterintuitive: sadness in the spring as flowers bloom and temperatures rise.

It’s Time to Talk

If we don’t take the time to talk with—and really understand—our teens, how can we expect to know much about the choices they face and the decisions they make?

Let the Kids Sleep, Part II

Why is sleep so important?
Ryan Tauss

Stretching Toward Manhood

What do these boys have in common? Each perfectly portrays the vagaries of growing up boy.
Jens Maus

Brain on Fire

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been called one of the “best known but least understood” mental health conditions. Why is it so well known?
Markus Spiske

Falling to Pieces

How to process the permanence of loss? Of course, there are the well-known stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression (or despair) and, ultimately, perhaps, acceptance.
Dawid Zawiła

A Moment in Time

Some might suggest that, today, we stand at a moment of decision – at least with regard to the futures of our children.
Mayur Gala

Language of Love

For many people, young and old, the holiday season may ring in—or at least exacerbate—a sense of loneliness.
Michal Jarmoluk

New Kid in Town

Changing schools can raise a lot of questions for young people, both social-emotional and logistical. But there are ways to make the transition less stressful.
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Born to Run

Both unstructured play and highly structured sports offer real opportunities for personal growth.

I Know I Said I'm Sorry ...

What responsibility do people in positions of power, honor or prestige have to those who follow, particularly youth?

Serious Learning Happens at Summer Camp - Without Technology

For those ending a summer at camp, the transition back to home, school and screen time can be infused with lessons from June, July and August.

Imagine Me Gone

Despite popular myths about seasonality of suicides, rates actually spike in late spring and early summer rather than during the holidays or in the depths of winter.

Love Actually

It is incumbent upon us–particularly with regard to youth–to recognize effort over achievement, resiliency over success and individuality over conformity.

The Hubris of Owen Labrie

What does this sordid tale tell us about prevention?

Who I Am

As young people hurtle toward maturity, the real drive for competency appears most tangible during adolescence.

Let the Kids Sleep

New data links stressed and drowsy teenagers to dangers and disorders.

Storm Rising

It’s impossible to escape the endless, breathless reporting of atrocities at home and abroad.


The “always on” lifestyle of today’s teens proffers images of happy, healthy young people propelled through endless days by a hyperkinetic force field allowing them to achieve almost anything. But lurking behind that façade may be something more sinister.

Young People, Not Alone in Their Despair

What is that cautionary tale? Things may not always—if ever—be as they seem.

Sibling Revelry

The qualitative gains of sibling relationships beg the question, “Do friendships forged at summer camp elicit the same positive outcomes?”

End Game

Skills employers say they're looking for can be learned by working at camp.

Troubled Waters

The nature and scope of youth suicide is changing, and not for the better.

Ebb and Flow

Overuse of technology by young people may result in distraction, stress and impaired performance. Help them find flow!