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Courage

The Consequences of Moral Courage

By Joe Cavanaugh

A parent wrote me:

My 11th-grade son’s friend is drinking. I don’t know whether I should tell the parents because they’re just as likely to tell me to mind my own business as they are to thank me. (I also don’t want to be responsible for the kid catching hell.) I’m not sure what to do about this problem. I don’t feel like I can sit back and do nothing. But I’m also not sure what the consequences will be if I act. Help!READ MORE

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Falling Down But Not Falling Apart

By Rita Boersma, Youth Frontiers Retreat Specialist and Presentation Coach

“Falling really hurts sometimes. But we have to fall so we can learn to get back up.” I was really trying to be convincing to my daughter because I needed her to believe it. I rocked and soothed her as she wailed and clung to me, her bleeding lip resting on my shoulder. Lovingly, my mother-in-law called me out and said, “Well, that’s a nice philosophy, but not when it’s your kid.”READ MORE

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The Teachers’ Lounge Podcast with Suzanne Hince

The Teachers’ Lounge, Youth Frontiers’ podcast for educators, brings us into a conversation about how we can build school communities where our kids can thrive – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. In our ninth episode of The Teachers’ Lounge, we had the privilege of talking with Suzanne Hince – Executive Director of TeamMates, a youth mentoring program that focuses on positive relationships to help develop young people’s life and academic skills. Suzanne is a former teacher who brings her knowledge of education into her work bringing young people to school and life success. READ MORE

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Get back in the game!

By Joe Cavanaugh

I never had the privilege of meeting my father-in-law, Don Leyden, but my wife Jane, her siblings and my mother-in-law often share stories of his life and parenting. He would often say to his four children after they experienced failure or adversity, “Pick up your mitt and get back in the game.”READ MORE

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