Children

Target Aisle

Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Aisle)

This week’s blog post is shared with permission from Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s blog. Enjoy!

Dear Little One,

As I write this, I’m sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant. And now that I’m sitting here, I’m beginning to agree with him. Words have power, and the words on display in this aisle have a deep power. READ MORE

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Erica's Babies

My Kids are Counting on You

By Erica Cantoni, Youth Frontiers’ Manager of Corporate and Major Gift Engagement

As near as this newbie mom can tell, parenthood is a Ph.D. course in understanding your children. Learning how to crack their codes and best nurture and teach them, and enjoying all their sweet, weird little idiosyncrasies. In the beginning, I took fierce pride in at least knowing my children better than anyone else does (save for my amazing husband). I grew these babies inside me, learned what time of day they would kick and worried when they stopped. Every single day of their lives, I have held them and studied their faces and learned which cry means hunger and which means I’m tired of being read to, lady, let’s do something else.READ MORE

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The Teachers’ Lounge Podcast with Brenda Cassellius

Youth Frontiers’ podcast, The Teachers’ Lounge, features conversations about how we can build school communities where our kids can thrive – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. In our tenth episode, we had the privilege of talking with Brenda Cassellius – Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education. As a former paraprofessional, teacher, principal and superintendent, Brenda has worked at all levels in education. Brenda brings a lot of insight into student success and what we can do to make our systems better.
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The Cavanaugh Family

Raising Compassionate Kids

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

When my daughter Tess was five years old, we moved into a new neighborhood. There are many kids in the area that Tess got to know. One day at the park, I watched Tess with two older girls who were walking ahead of her, excluding her in a not so kind way.

When Tess and I came back to our house, I said to her, I saw what was going on out there. How do you feel?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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Time

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

At a recent rotary presentation, there was time for one more question. I had been speaking about the state of our young people’s character and how it affects school climate. Someone asked, “What is the biggest issue with kids today?” READ MORE

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Parents: Try Starting at the End and Working Backwards

This week’s blog post is shared with permission from Dr. David Walsh’s Mind Positive Parenting™. Author Erin Walsh worked at the National Institute on Media and the Family before launching Mind Positive Parenting with her dad, Dr. David Walsh. Mind Positive Parenting strives to equip parents and communities to raise children and youth who can thrive, meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Erin is also on the Search Institute speaking and training team, teaches at the University of Minnesota and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and directs the Mind Retreat for Youth Frontiers. Her father, Dr. David Walsh, sits on our board of directors.READ MORE

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