A Family Guide for Surviving the Summer

Routine out the window? Follow these three steps to make the season less chaotic and more joyful.

While not all of summer is destined to feel like a day at the beach, setting routines and expectations for the season can make it more manageable and enjoyable for the whole family. I am a creature of routine. I like my daily habits. Which makes the summer rather problematic for me; three of our four […]

How — and Why — to Go on a REAL Vacation

3 tips to help you relax on your next vacation.


Nearly 40 percent of US employees feel like they have too much work to take a vacation. But research suggests you’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive if you do. Last year, I was invited by KJ Dell’Antonia of The New York Times to coach Julie, a partner at a law firm who was feeling […]

What Makes Teens ‘Most Likely to Succeed?’

These skills are vital for high school graduates.

As a sociologist who’s done much research on elite performance and productivity, I’ve given a lot of thought to the skills that lead to success in the modern economy. What I’ve found applies not only to adults, but to kids, including teens graduating from high school this spring. Parents, too, take note: As many graduates […]