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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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In the News: These High School Football Players Are Getting a Crash Course in Sexual Consent

Making Caring Common’s research was featured in this article by Rewire.News, which included our finding that a majority of 18-to-25-year-olds had never discussed with parents how to make sure their partner wants to have sex, how to determine their own comfort levels, the importance of not pressuring or persisting when someone says no, how to know how drunk is “too drunk,” or how to be a caring and respectful sexual partner. Now some coaches are bringing the conversation straight to the locker room.

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In the News: Medford High students win national challenge for original project

After launching the nationwide KIND Schools Challenge last fall, the KIND Foundation and Making Caring Common were tasked with choosing one winner out of nearly 200 submitted student projects. The winning project was created by three Medford High School juniors – Jenna Agnone, Luiza Barbosa and Rubia Fernandes. The students learned they had won the challenge at an assembly for the entire junior class. Read more in Wicked Local Medford.

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In the News: Medford Students Win National KIND School Challenge

Three Medford High School juniors were surprised to learn they won the national KIND School Challenge at an assembly in front of their classmates Tuesday. Rubia Fernandes, Luiza Barbosa and Jenna Agnone, members of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, were named national winners for their submission, ELL Give Back Program.

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In the News: Education's Opiates: Prescribing Selective Colleges

Parents, high schools, and colleges are feeding an addiction of sorts — abetting an epidemic of perfectionism and expectation while promoting a “high” of status and prestige. Research-based initiatives at Making Caring Common provide resources for schools and families to reinforce “meaningful ethical and intellectual engagement” while rallying educators to imagine better systems for evaluating students in admission.

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In the News: An Unusual Idea for Fixing School Segregation

What if admissions officers would look favorably on students who attended an economically integrated school, much as they do those who have had unusual travel experiences or outstanding extracurricular achievements? This new theory builds on Making Caring Common’s Turning The Tide report that outlines its partnership with colleges to de-emphasize applicants' resume padding and hyper-competitive achievement, and prioritize communal values and work taking care of others.

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In the News: Changing the Troublemaker Narrative: Bene Webster, HDP'18

Making Caring Common intern Bene Webster proudly describes herself as a former “nut” — a quality that she always found helpful when dealing with some of the behavior problems in her third-grade classroom in New Orleans. “I found that giving my students more freedom and autonomy, not less, resolved a lot of what others perceived to be behavior problems. It is easy to forget that kids are human beings, and at the end of the day they want to be free and able to be themselves just as much as the rest of us.”

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