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How To Reduce Stress When Moving With Kids

By Molly Henderson, Moving Company Reviews On average, each person in the United States can expect to move about 12 times in their lifetime. Ask anyone who has moved even once, and they’ll tell you that moving can be one of the hardest things to do. Even though they may not be involved when their […]

Want your Kid (or Mentee) to Learn. Something New? Sign Yourself Up, Too

How taking on unfamiliar challenges alongside my daughter benefits us both. By Tom Vanderbilt, The New York Times  One of the roles that new parents soon find themselves in — even as they are still learning how to be a parent — is that of teacher. Suddenly, in the eyes of a child, you’re a […]

Support Kids and Teens Following the Riot In Our Nation’s Capitol

By Gene Beresin and Khadijah Booth Watkins, the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds The images of chaos and violence in our nation’s Capitol that many children and teens have been seeing in the media have been disturbing and scary. What’s the impact on our kids? How can we as parents and caregivers help them […]

Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth

Editor’s Note: Recent events and protests have sparked a national dialogue around race and the role of racial discrimination in the lives of young African Americans. This study suggests that both parents and mentors can play an important role in attenuating some of the negative effects and keeping young people focused on school.  Cooper, M. S., […]

Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother’s Keeper”

Ed. note: This was cross-posted several years ago on the U.S. Department of Justice blog.  By Eric Holder I would not be where I am today without the love, guidance, and support of my father. He taught me to work hard, to dream big, to give back to my community, and to always remember the […]

Sustainability of supportive housing for families in the child welfare system

By Nickolas Bagley, Youth Today Published: June 26, 2019 Report Intro/Brief: The Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to explore the effects of providing housing and intensive services to high-need families in the child welfare system. Demonstration sites created new service delivery […]

Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys

Ma, C., & Huebner, E.S. (2008). Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys. Psychology in the Schools, 45 (2), 177-190. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene Introduction: Having a secure relationship with a parent or guardian — one characterized by trust, caring, availability, and dependability — […]

Types of Family Involvement across Mentoring Programs

  Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Stella Kanchewa, M.A. Spencer, R., & Basualdo-Delmonico, A. (2014). Family involvement in  the youth mentoring process: A focus group study with program staff. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 75-82. Introduction: Formal youth mentoring typically emphasizes the relationship between a mentor and mentee, particularly efforts related to the […]