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Why Families Should Engage in Their Child’s Education

We have all heard of “helicopter parents,” parents who continually hover over their children, rescuing them at the first sign of struggle. I recall my child’s 4th grade teacher instructing parents not to complete an assigned project. It seemed laughable, until the picture-perfect replicas of world l…

Let Tired Teens Sleep

Our teens are tired. While sluggish starts, missed alarms or pleas to sleep in on weekend mornings have long been associated with “lazy” teenagers, adequate sleep is an integral part of their healthy development. Nearly 8 in 10 Indiana high school students sleep less than the recommended eight hours…

Investing in the Future: New Laws that Help Our Kids

While this summer’s lane closures and orange barrels are a visual reminder that Indiana adopted a landmark road funding bill in the recent legislative session, it’s also worth noting that state lawmakers passed a host of new bills that pave the way for stronger and safer Hoosier kids. Several of …

Quality Counts! Match Closure

The closure of a mentoring relationship is a natural stage in the life of a mentoring relationship. As outlined in the 4th Edition of The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ healthy closure, “brings the match to a close in a way that affirms the contribution of the mentor and mentee, and o…

Twenty years later, are we doing enough to address childhood trauma?

Nearly 20 years ago, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study changed how we understand the effects of trauma on children. By analyzing the co-occurrence and impact of several types of abuse and trauma suffered during childhood, the ACE Study offers a framework to understand the cumulative and long…