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Conversations Guiding the Struggle

By Hyde School faculty member Lori Hobart, LCSW As a parent and a faculty member I have the unique opportunity to see the time, commitment, and extra effort our faculty give on a regular basis. Last week the power of this amazing group of people took on a deeper meaning. My son Greg ran into [More...]

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Podcast 15: Donna Dubinsky: What Teens Don’t Know About Technology

Most parents think their teens know everything about technology, and in fact are ahead of us, the parents. But Donna Dubinsky, head of technology at Hyde School, shares some fascinating information about what teens don’t know in this area. What does a private account on face book really mean? Does it mean complete privacy? Will [More...]

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Podcast 07: Hilary Jacobs Hendel: “Anxiety, Anger, & Shame”

Hilary Jacobs Hendel is a psychotherapist in New York City who helps her clients heal and transform themselves by using the science of emotions. Her expertise is in AEDP, which stands for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. She suggests that it’s often a comfort for teens to be able to be angry at their parents; that [More...]

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Podcast 06: Joe Gauld: “Unique Potential, Destiny, and Parents”

Back in 1962, Joe Gauld, founder of Hyde School, had a crisis of conscience because he felt the American education system was too focused on achievement and not enough on character. He shares with us the founding of the first Hyde School in 1966, stating that the school was founded on the belief that, “Every [More...]

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Parenting Teens: The Biggest Job Podcast now on iTunes

Podcast 01: Laura Gauld: “Taking the Long View in Parenting”

The Biggest Job’s New Parenting Teens Podcast is Live! Do you feel that parenting teens is the biggest job you’ll ever have? Are you wondering about how to help your child discover his or her unique potential? Are you dedicated to raising a child with character and integrity? Based on the Hyde School’s philosophy of [More...]

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Parenting in the Age of Awfulness

As a follow-up to last week’s article on the need to command respect from kids, I read an interesting article in a December issue of the Wall Street Journal, Parenting in the Age of Awfulness, by Dr. Leonard Sax. A physician, psychologist, and author, Dr. Sax has written several books: Why Gender Matters (Doubleday, 2005); [More...]

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The Vital Ingredient to Developing Character

Note from Biggest Job Director Pam Hardy: In the Biggest Job workshops, we often talk about rigor – the importance of structure and discipline in our lives, and the ability to see a job to completion and to do it well. Rigor, however, is not a word you hear often in most conversations on parenting. [More...]

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The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure

A book review and more… I am thrilled to write a review of one of the best parenting books I’ve read in a long time – maybe the best one since the Gaulds wrote The Biggest Job! The Gift of Failure: How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed. By [More...]

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Navigating using the 10 Priorities

Let The 10 Priorities Be Your Map And Compass

“Any time we tackle a complicated challenge, we often need to be reminded to ‘get our priorities straight.’“ Malcolm Gauld And what can be more complicated, more challenging, more worrisome than the job of parenting? After all, it’s the biggest job we’ll ever have. When we hit a challenging part of parenting, most of us [More...]

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The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.

When Your Child Tells You The Ugly Truth

Parent Question: What happens when your child has the courage to tell the truth, and we don’t agree with what they have done? It’s a good thing they trusted us, and we don’t want to squash their comfort in telling the truth. How do we handle this…? Yes, I agree it’s a good thing they [More...]

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