Category Archives: Life Lessons

Character Above All by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder

Many Nobles parents have heard me say that my favorite parenting expression is “we’re only as happy as our unhappiest child.” As someone with two children out of college, I can tell you that adage continues to hold true! It … Continue reading

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How to Care—and Not Care Too Much

Acclaimed psychologist, speaker and author Wendy Mogel will speak to Nobles faculty and parents next week. Her book The Blessing of a B- posits that we have become a nation of over-parenters: We are so focused on protecting and promoting … Continue reading

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Navigating the Uncharted Path

The following piece by Provost Bill Bussey was first published in the Sept. 2011 edition of the parent newsletter. It has since become a community favorite both for its wisdom and good humor. About six months after my wife Nan … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On Social Media Use by Jen Hamilton, School Psychologist

In recent months, I have observed an increased use of social media (Instagram and Snapchat have skyrocketed!) Some kids are talking with me about connecting with other kids that they don’t know to offer (and seek) support when they are … Continue reading

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Building Relational Capital by Rick Wilson, Consulting Psychologist

My oldest daughter just presented a very elaborate, creative and well-delivered Power Point presentation…of her Christmas list. Fancy dissolves, rotating cubes and a thumping sound track pulled me in like a tractor beam. I was impressed, to say the least. … Continue reading

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What Teenagers Really Need

JoAnn Deak, adolescent development specialist, spent Oct. 17, 2012, at Nobles speaking with students, faculty and parents. Deak specializes in brain research and helped students understand what factors contribute to optimal brain function and growth. “Your brain is growing tremendously,” … Continue reading

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The Value of Vulnerability by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

Author and Nobles graduate Amor Towles, Class of ’83, was our most recent Assembly speaker. While he could have spent 60 minutes discussing his current best-selling novel, Rules of Civility, he chose rather to speak about “living a life filled … Continue reading

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Since when do kids rule the roost?

If you can get past the confrontational title of Elizabeth Kolbert’s New Yorker article “Spoiled Rotten: Why Do Kids Rule the Roost?”, you will discover why this article has been generating a great deal of buzz over the last couple … Continue reading

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A Little Grit by Head of Middle School John Gifford

This year, I had high expectations for an article entitled “The Truth about Grit” by Jonah Lehrer. The author explained how researchers were working to define “grit” and to explain why it was valuable. One anecdote from the essay that … Continue reading

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The Road More Traveled by Bill Bussey, Provost

In high school, I was, for some unfathomable reason, selected by the faculty to be one of eight male students to represent the school at a three-day governmental conference called Boy’s State. The other kids selected from my school were … Continue reading

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