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Adolescence is a meaningful and challenging period in life when youth experience many social, physical, and psychological changes; explore their individual identities; and learn how to navigate their social world. Parents, coaches, mentors, and youth practitioners may at times feel overwhelmed and conflicted on how best support teens as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

Research suggests that involvement and support from caring adults is critical during adolescence. Therefore, our aim with this blog is to provide those who care for youth with the latest research on positive youth development and resources that promote adolescent thriving.

The Cactus Garden

Third Culture Kids During Quarantine: Adaptability and Purpose

By Esther Tan | July 1, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Esther Tan interviews an adult Third Culture Kid on how purpose has helped him navigate through COVID-19.

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Play and Boredom

It’s Okay to Let Your Child be Bored This Summer

By Joey Fung | June 22, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung discusses how embracing boredom and creating space for unstructured play can help kids thrive this summer.

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Father playing with kids

5 Joy Competencies to Counter the Effects of Confinement During COVID-19

By Fred Defoy | June 15, 2020

Thrive fellow, Fred Defoy shares the first 3 joy competencies that can help us thrive through our bodies, creativity, and sense of belonging.

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Mother practicing mindful parenting

Mindful Parenting: The Importance of Creating Space from Within

By Joey Fung | June 8, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung emphasizes the importance of mindful parenting and how parents can thrive during this pandemic.

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Two hands in unity

Lament and Hope in Times of Injustice and Racism

By Pam King | June 5, 2020

Dr. Pam King reflects on injustice and racism, the importance of attuning to our emotions, and coming together as a community.

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Parent reading to children

Quaranteens: Practice Makes Patience

By Leanne Bishara | May 18, 2020

News of the extended stay-at-home order can be frustrating. Thrive Fellow, Leanne Bishara shares 4 ways we can face COVID-19 with patience.

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Pam King jumping on trampoline with children

A Quarantine Mother’s Day: Finding Purpose in the Middle of Crisis

By Pam King | May 9, 2020

As we celebrate Mother’s Day in quarantine, Dr. Pam King invites all mothers to focus on their purpose in order to live a fulfilling life at home.

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Plants growing

Planting Seeds of Healing Through Spirituality

By Stephanie Trudeau | April 30, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau provides ways spirituality can be resource for healing within ourselves and our families.

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Person aware of rain and emotions

Grief and Mindfulness: How to Manage Your Emotions

By Joey Fung | April 27, 2020

Dr. Joey Fung offers 3 ways mindfulness can help us manage our emotions in the face of grief and loss.

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Girl reading sacred text

Staying Grounded, Connected, and Directed through Disruption

By Pam King | April 23, 2020

Dr. Pam discusses how spirituality can help us stay grounded, connected, and directed throughout challenges.

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