Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family

Children are much more likely than not to grow up in a household in which their parents work, and in nearly half of all two-parent families today, both parents work full time, a sharp increase from previous decades. What hasn’t changed: the difficulty of balancing it all. Working parents say they feel stressed, tired, rushed and short on quality time with their children, friends, partners or...
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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

STUART SLAVIN, a pediatrician and professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, knows something about the impact of stress. After uncovering alarming rates of anxiety and depression among his medical students, Dr. Slavin and his colleagues remade the program: implementing pass/fail grading in introductory classes, instituting a half-day off every other week, and creating small...
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WWASP – Avoiding the Bad Solutions While Finding the Good.

Yesterday the New York Times prominently published an article on a group of programs for troubled kids called WWASP -The Worldwide Association of Specialty Programs. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/us/students-recall-a-school-run-like-a-prison.html?ref=education&_r=0 They are the kind of places we try to steer families away from when they are considering options for their students with...
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Reflections on Newtown

As our whole society continues to process what has happened in Newtown, CT, we also question what can be done to prevent a repetition of this awful violence. Mass slayings rightfully draw our attention and evoke our horror. But this morning I heard the statistic that since the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, more than a million — a MILLION — American have been...
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