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Read the latest from Making Caring Common! You’re in the right place for our media coverage, general updates, and press releases. Our work spans a range of topics, all connected by our commitment to forefront caring and concern for the common good at school, at home, and in our communities. You can review what’s new below or use the dropdown to sort by topic.

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In the News: What today’s parents can do to raise the next generation of informed voters

In this article in The Washington Post, Rick Weissbourd says, “Voting should be a fundamental expectation that parents have for their children. Make it clear that your family believes being an engaged citizen is a moral responsibility because other people’s lives — and the well-being of our community and country — depend on it.”

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In the News: 5 ways parents can help kids understand consent and prevent sexual assault

As parents and caregivers, we must do better to prevent children and youth from harming or being harmed, and to help them become caring, humane people. We have tremendous power to shape their understanding of assault and consent, and to be part of the solution to this destructive epidemic. In this article in The Washington Post, MCC leaders Rick Weissbourd and Alison Cashin offer five guideposts to help parents begin these essential conversations.

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In the News: ‘Think of your sons’: What parents can do about sexual assault in the #MeToo era

In this Washington Post article, Making Caring Common’s research is cited: most parents don’t talk to their boys or girls about making sure that their partner wants to have sex, not pressuring someone into sex, not having sex with someone who is incapacitated and other key aspects of consent. Parents may have “the talk” with their kids, but it’s often much more focused on preventing pregnancy and STDs than on preventing assault.

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In the News: Let's Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment in Schools

In this post in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the deep infection of sexual harassment and misogyny in workplaces and communities across this country has erupted into a national conversation—one appallingly overdue. But we can't stop sexual harassment and misogyny in adulthood without addressing its deep roots in gender roles and expectations in childhood.

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In the News: When applying to college, this character trait may mean more than grades

In this Washington Post On Parenting piece, Making Caring Common’s work on college admissions is cited: “A recent report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Making Caring Common, speaks to this. Colleges want students who care. They are drawn to applicants who show concern for others, promote good citizenship and civic engagement and develop personal responsibility.”

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In the News: 9 ways parents can help kids cope with jealousy

At its core, jealousy is about insecurity, fear, or a sense of competition. The emotion has been around forever, notes Richard Weissbourd. The Greeks wrote about it. Shakespeare wrote about it. It’s in the Bible. But there’s no point trying to vanquish the emotion. Here are ways parents can help their children recognize and respond constructively to jealous feelings. Read more in this article in The Washington Post.

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In the News: Happy Children Do Chores

In this article in The New York Times, Making Caring Common’s research on the power and frequency of parents’ messages about achievement and happiness is cited. Although household chores seem like a small thing, the subtle but pervasive message of requiring them isn’t small at all. Requiring a high schooler to contribute to the family well-being and the smooth running of the household before turning his attention to his books conveys the value you place on that contribution.

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In the News: Want to Reduce Bullying in School? Bring in the Babies

Richard Weissbourd and Jennifer Kahn found that in schools where students reported having more empathy, students also reported fewer experiences of bullying and were more likely to try to stop bullying. Read more in this article in Nation Swell about how Roots of Empathy teaches children empathy — specifically by exposing them to babies.

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