Category Archives: Parenting

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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Believing in the “Beauty of Benign Neglect” by Jen Hamilton, Middle School Counselor

I recently read an article in Psychology Today called “Lessons for Living:  Five surprising principles for living, loving, and playing well with others” by Elizabeth Svobada.  It offered a great deal of wonderful advice, but one piece in particular really … 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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Back to School Tips from Gia Batty, Learning Specialist

Today marks the official start to the academic school year, and while all of us (teachers, parents and students) may feel differently about returning to Nobles after such a wonderfully long break, I know we all have one thing in … Continue reading

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A Good Night’s Sleep

Head of Upper School Ben Snyder often writes about the importance of sleep, reminding parents how important it is for the developing teenage brain: “Sleep is a critical factor in learning. If your child is out or up late — … 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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