Category: Teens

Risky Drinking: Health

Posted by davidjsinger - January 11, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Healthy, Blog, Happiness, Health, Healthspan, Parenting, Stress, Teens, Wellness
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I recently watched the HBO documentary, Risky Drinking. It delivers a powerful, disturbing, and important message about dangers to our health and happiness from what are now called alcohol use disorders. The documentary had four segments. All of them were meaningful. The first segment focused on binge drinking. The filmmakers followed a group of 20-somethings. […]

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Book: Asking for It

Posted by davidjsinger - November 23, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Book, Book Review, Family, Leadership, Learning, Teens, Well-Being
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I recently read Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It, by Kate Harding. Harding pulls no punches in her assault on rape culture. She gives examples that will surely disgust any thinking person. “If we all abhor rape,” she says, “how did people working on Belvedere Vodka’s […]

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Parenting Advice: Kids’ Sports

Posted by davidjsinger - February 10, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Family, Happiness, Leadership, Learning, Parenting, Teens
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I think someone once said, “Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual” and for sure I know parenting doesn’t come with one. There are countless parenting books, articles, and more; and there is plenty of advice available from other parents. Nothing totally prepares you, but I’m a strong believer in not reinventing the wheel, so […]

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Mentoring & Empathy: Year Up

Posted by davidjsinger - January 27, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Empathy, Giving, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Teens
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Last week, I wrote about a powerful empathy exercise. This week, I want to write more about some additional powerful things I’ve learned recently about empathy. I like to watch parts of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It’s on too late for me, so I watch it on DVR while I’m exercising in the […]

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Book: Missoula & Staying Safe

Posted by davidjsinger - October 14, 2015 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Book, Book Review, Family, Leadership, Learning, Teens, Well-Being
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I recently finished reading an extremely disturbing book, Missoula, by John Krakauer. Krakauer is the author of two other fascinating, non-fiction books I had read, Into Thin Air and Into the Wild. While Missoula was disturbing, I couldn’t put it down. Subtitled “Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” the book recounts several […]

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Internet Predators’ Target: Your Children

Posted by davidjsinger - July 9, 2014 - Be a Leader, Family, internet predators, Leadership, Parenting, Teens
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When I was a kid, I was told “Don’t talk to strangers, don’t take candy from strangers, don’t get into a car with a stranger.” When my kids were young, I told them similar things, plus I taught them to avoid the dangers from the nascent world of social media. Just a few years later […]

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Parenting Advice, part 2

Posted by davidjsinger - June 4, 2014 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Family, Happiness, Leadership, Learning, Parenting, Teens
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Last week I posted part one of my parenting suggestions. Here’s part two: 1. Protect your kids from internet dangers. I thought everyone was aware of the dos and don’ts, but I recently showed my cousin I could figure out his daughter’s school, what team she is on, her best friend’s name, and more from her […]

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Parenting Advice, part 1

Posted by davidjsinger - May 28, 2014 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Family, Happiness, Leadership, Learning, Parenting, Teens
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This week, our oldest, our son Jeremy, graduates from college. As my wife Marcie would say, we’ve done all we can and he’s fully cooked. He was pretty well cooked in many ways before he headed off to college, yet while he’s much the same person he was at that time, he’s in many ways […]

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Kiki: Happiness Lessons from a Chronically Unique Kid

Posted by davidjsinger - September 4, 2013 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Celebrate Your Progress, Family, Friends, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Teens, Well-Being
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My 16-year-old cousin Kyra (aka Kiki) is chronically unique (a term she invented.) Please watch her video and you will understand. It’s 15 minutes in length and if at any point you decide to fast forward, make sure you watch the last 3.5 minutes to learn valuable happiness lessons from this amazing kid. Best regards, David What […]

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Roots of Empathy

Posted by davidjsinger - March 20, 2013 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Nice, Empathy, Habits, Kindness, Leadership, Parenting, Teens, Well-Being
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Harnessing the power of thinking—knowing that what we think has a huge impact on how we feel, and then putting that knowledge to use—has had powerful results for me. I’ve also learned that discounting other people’s feelings is a mistake and I’ve gotten better over time at balancing the power of thinking and the importance […]

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