Helping You Stay Current on Hot Topics to Better Understand Your High School Student and Navigate the Teenage Years
We want to share information with our VES parents that will help you learn along with your child. Through book recommendations, seminars, faculty and leadership presentations, hot topics in the news, TED Talks and more, we will serve up content that we think you'll find of value.
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Francis E. Jensen
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dr. Daniel Siegel
Talent is Overrated
by Geoff Colvin
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jess Lahey
The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine
Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
by Ariana Huffington
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour
Recent news articles regarding vaping prevalence among teens, discuss some of the causes and impacts of this unhealthy trend that poses significant long-term health hazards.
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
By Benoit Denizet-Lewis, The New York Times Magazine
, 10/11/17 Proponents of Later School Start Times See Momentum
, by Lauren Camera, US News & World Report
, 08/11/17 Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
by Jean M. Twenge in the September 2017 issue of The Atlantic
"More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis."What Happens When Teens Try to Disconnect from Tech for Three Days
by Katrina Schwartz, NPR Mind/Shift
Amid Internet Addiction Fears, 'Balanced' Tech Diet for Teens Recommended
What Teens Need Most From Their Parents
by Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal
As adolescents navigate the stormiest years in their development, they need coaching, support, good examples and most of all understanding
by Benjamin Herold, Education Week
"Although researchers have yet to reach a consensus on whether 'Internet addiction' is real, parents are increasingly—and justifiably—concerned about their children's technology and media usage, according to a new report released today by Common Sense Media.
How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off
by Adam Grant, The New York Times How Parents and Teachers Can Nurture the 'Quiet Power' of Introverts
by Elissa Nadworny, NPR
Seven Ways Parents Can Help 13-Year-Olds Start Their Social Media Lives Right
by Kj Dell’Antonia, The New York Times
The Best Way to Fight with a Teenager
The New Romantics in the Computer Age
by Lisa Damour, The New York Times
Conflicts with teenagers are inevitable, and there are ways to help the tense moments become meaningful growth opportunities. As this short article states, "[T]eenagers who use problem solving to address disputes with their parents [...] tend to enjoy the sturdiest psychological health and the happiest relationships everywhere they go, two outcomes that would top every parent’s wish list."
by David Brooks, The New York Times
What Google Learned from Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
by Charles Duhigg, The New York Times Magazine
Why Kids — Now More Than Ever — Need to Learn Philosophy. Yes, Philosophy
by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
Why Getting a Good Night's Sleep Is Essential for Learning
Watch this light-hearted video by The Atlantic
that shows how letting children fail is critical to instilling resilience and creativity.Understanding Islam"Powerful." "Changed my life." "My daughter talked with us every night about what she learned that day; she wanted to keep exploring the topics as a family." "This night alone was worth the year's tuition." These are just a few of the hundreds of passion-filled comments in response to a VES week-long program in 2016 focused on education, open dialogue and engaging activities focused on Islam, religious beliefs, global awareness and pluralism.
COLLEGE COUNSELING INSIGHTS
BOOKS & ARTICLES Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids
by Jennifer Wallace and Lisa Heffernan, The New York Times
Why More High-School Seniors Need to Be Like Malia Obama and Take a Gap Year
by Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post
Independent School Grads Arrive College-Ready
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
Compared to their public and private school counterparts, independent school graduates enter college with more of the skills and experiences they’ll need to succeed. That’s among the major findings of a national longitudinal study from NAIS and the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). Get full details from the May 2016 report, “Independent School Graduates as College Freshmen
by Frank Bruni
The following grade-level programs help parents understand the College Counseling process as it relates to students at that point in their high school journey, and the staff answers parents’ questions.
In this video, a diverse and talented group of college coaches and one athletics compliance officer join the College Counseling team for a panel discussion for parents and their students who are interested in pursuing athletics in college to ask the coaches questions.
A wonderful way to stay educated about topics in college planning is to follow the VES College Counseling Facebook page. Follow now and you'll never miss an interesting post.