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How to Respect Yourself and Others »

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Part 1 of 2

What exactly is respect? In this two-part series, we will explore three areas of respect – self-respect, respect for others and other people’s respect for you. All three of these areas of respect are very important.

How to Gain the Respect of Others »

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Part 2 of 2

As a young person, it can be frustrating when you’re expected to give respect and yet you don’t always receive that same respect in return. That type of frustration is very understandable. But, there are several reasons why this is so often the case. 

3 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd »

Kindness, Character and Authenticity

There was a boy in many of our classes – we’ll call him Andre – who was often “the butt of the joke” among my former friends. His family wasn’t from this country, and he had a foreign name. He was also a reserved type – a gentle person on the quiet side. My former friends made fun of him for being different. Wanting to be liked and accepted by these people, it seemed like a no-brainer to jump on the bandwagon and make fun of Andre.

How to Change Your Attitude Toward Gender Roles »

Self-Concept and Decision-Making
Part 1 of 2

Our ideas about how men and women are supposed to act, their strengths and weaknesses and the types of choices they should make can greatly impact our self-concept, or how we see ourselves. Self-concept is a key factor in the choices we make, since it determines what we see as right, and even as possible, for ourselves. 

How Gender Roles Can Limit Your Success  »

Making Decisions from the Heart
Part 2 of 2

Too often, many potential choices of the heart are overridden, both individually and by society as a whole, by preconceptions about the roles, careers and other activities that are best-suited for one gender or the other.  Fortunately, some of this thinking is changing. As our contribution to this better way of thinking, we make the case that the heart should rule when young men and young women are forging their own, unique paths in life.

What it Means to Be a Good Listener  »

Listen Up!
Part 1 of 2

When you’re told, “Listen!” by someone, most often you think, “I need to hear this.” Listen to your teacher’s instructions; listen to your parents’ rules; listen to the information your friend is sharing. But listening is so much more than hearing. It’s what happens when we not only open our ears, but also open our minds – and sometimes our hearts – to another person. 

5 Fool-Proof Ways to Become a Better Listener »

Listen Up!
Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, we discussed why listening well is so important; now, it’s time to learn how to do it. First, we’ll take a look at what not to do; this will help you avoid common mistakes that get in the way of opening our minds and hearts to others. Then, we’ll focus on ways to beef up your listening skills in our Active Listening Action Plan.