Author: Dan Scott

How Kids Learn to Stand Up For What’s Right

When I was little I wanted to be a super hero, pretty much because it would be cool to fly like Superman or have all those crazy gadgets like Batman. But also because I thought it would be pretty amazing to have the courage to stand up for what was right. Super heroes rarely show fear. They know what they need to do and muster the strength to get it done. Superheroes defeat the bad guy, right what’s been wronged, and always get the girl. But life isn’t all comic books and actions movies, is it? The bad guy isn’t...

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The Road to Peace

Every morning on the way to work, I travel a road that seems like a never-ending construction site. Workers have been perfecting this throughway for months, but it seems like there’s no end in sight. The road is down to one lane in several places, bumpy and dusty with heavy-duty vehicles lining the sides of the road and construction workers everywhere. Driving this road is like navigating an obstacle course. Yet I traverse it every morning because regardless of how difficult the drive, the road takes me where I need to go. Often the road to peace can be...

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A Parent’s Survival Guide to Middle School

Last week we talked about the ways your middle schooler is changing. As a first time middle-school parent, with all of the changes and not-so-stellar characteristics, I started thinking to myself, “How will we ever get through this?” During our parent orientation at our kid’s school a couple of weeks ago, the counselor assured us that it is possible to survive the middle school years if you will do 3 things: 1. Remember that YOU are the parent. Act like it. Many parents want to be their kids’ BFF—doing whatever it takes not to disrupt the magic that happens when everyone is happy. But...

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Middle School Changes

I can’t say I feel old enough, but it’s true: we have a child in middle school. A new school. A new chapter. A whole new world. And as much as we sometimes feel like a deer in the headlights, thankfully, we’re not on our own during this transition to middle school. We have experts—parents, teachers, friends—around us who are already giving us insight into the middle school mind. They are people who’ve been there, know what we’re going through, and can help us along the way. Here’s some of what we’ve been learning. Middle School Changes There are four major...

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