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It’s true: happier students get higher grades

October 19th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

Courtesy of The Conversation. What leads to success in school? Recent research suggests success is partly driven by character skills. “Grit,” for example, or perseverance and passion for long-term goals, seems to be a better predictor of success than IQ in school and beyond. Researchers have also demonstrated that having a “growth mindset,” meaning that a person recognizes that abilities are not fixed, but developed through practice, is associated with academic success. Researchers at Research Schools International are exploring other character skills that might contribute to success. In a recent study, we explored the relationship between happiness and student achievement. [...]

Prepping Kids So They’re Ready To Thrive as Adults

September 27th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

By Susan Heitler, PhD. Posted Nov. 11, 2017 Courtesy of Psychology Today How can families prepare students for doing well when they finish college? Reading today's newspaper I found three depressing themes with regard to young adults. They feel burdened by huge debts from college loans. They can't get jobs. They've had to move back in with their parents after finishing college. What can parents of teenagers do to prepare their kids for the challenges they will face finding work after their education years have ended? Parenting is the art of preparing children to be adults. That is, the goal of [...]

Can Music Be a Bad Influence on Kids & Teens?

September 20th, 2018|News Articles|0 Comments

By Amy Morin, Nov. 11, 2015 Courtesy of livestrong.com Music has the potential to be a major influence in a child's life. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average child listens to more than 2 1/2 hours of music daily. Music does not necessarily pose problems for teenagers who live a balanced and healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The site does warn, however, that, "If a teenager is persistently preoccupied with music that has seriously destructive themes, and there are changes in behavior such as isolation, depression, alcohol or other drug abuse, [...]

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