Category Archives: Parenting

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 Dance of Development by Provost Bill Bussey

October, 1961: My father tells my brother Bob that they are making the long drive down to Providence in two weeks for a college interview at Brown University. My brother says he doesn’t want to go Brown; he wants to … Continue reading

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For Your Bookshelf

One of our favorite authors, child psychologist Michael Thompson, has a new book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow (Ballantine Books, May 2012). Learn more about it or purchase a copy at … Continue reading

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Extreme Parenting? Or a Race to Nowhere? by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

When my wife Sarah and I first became parents almost 22 years ago, I recall someone saying to us, “Well, there really isn’t a manual for parenting–so you just need to trust your instincts and go for it.” Today, a … Continue reading

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Let’s Bring Back Phones with Cords by Erika Guy, Dean of Students

For a long time, I thought that the single greatest triumph of my adolescence was convincing my parents that I needed a phone extension in my upstairs bedroom. At the time, we had but one phone in the house (we … Continue reading

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