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Participation Trophies According to Kids, Tweens, and Parents

Participation Trophies According to Kids, Tweens, and Parents

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

This year, we at YouthBeat have been talking about a new kind of parenting style we call “Om” Parenting. 

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Towards Teen Girls’ Self-Acceptance of Appearance

Towards Teen Girls’ Self-Acceptance of Appearance

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

The way teen girls feel about their appearance can change on a dime.  A kind word, a cruel one, even how many “likes” their latest selfie receives, can impact the way they feel in the moment.  At…

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Kid and Teen Trends: Back-to-School Edition

Kid and Teen Trends: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome Back, Bulldogs, Tigers, and Warriors (Oh My)! Across the country, some schools are already in session, while others still have a week left to prepare.  Social media is brimming with “1st day…

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Summer Flick Break for Youth

Summer Flick Break for Youth

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

School is finally out for most kids across the U.S., many of whose vacations were delayed to make up for extra snow days racked up during another tough winter.  Families can now take a short breather…

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Youth Are Running Circles Around Adults, Literally

Youth Are Running Circles Around Adults, Literally

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

Recently the Physical Activity Council published its annual report on American adults’ participation in physical activity. The results were rather alarming:

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A Second Generation of Youth Empowerment

A Second Generation of Youth Empowerment

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

Parents of kids, tweens, and even teens in our latest YouthBeat data tell us that they’re a different breed now.  Ironically, one might argue, they report that they have more in common with their…

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Music Concert Time Warp

Music Concert Time Warp

Mary McIlrath, Senior Vice President

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