We rely heavily on the most recent science and recommendations from well-regarded experts to develop the Principal Conversation, newsletter and webpage content, etc. for families.

Below we list the most influential of those resources:

Come back often. We will periodically add resources. We will highlight recent additions and organize by topic.


How to Raise An Adult—Break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success

  • An outstanding guide to helping your teen to develop the independence necessary to succeed in their first years out of your home–whether that be a job or college.
  • By Julie Lythcott-Haims, who served as dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for contributions to the undergraduate experience. She holds a BA from Stanford University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts.

The Upside of Stress—Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it

  • Embracing stress makes us stronger, smarter, and happier, and can even inspire compassion and enhance empathy. Distilling science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book, Upside of Stress shows you:
    • How to cultivate a mindset to embrace stress
    • How stress can provide focus and energy
    • How stress can help people connect and strengthen close relationships
    • Why the brain is built to learn from stress
  • By Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. As a leader in the field of “science help,” McGonigal is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success. Her TED Talk on the upside of stress has received more than nine million views.

The Child Mind Institute

  • The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive. A leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health, operating three Mission Areas that work together for greater impact: Care, Education and Science.
  • A website that provides an extensive library of simply written information to help families understand how to help their teens navigate adolescence, protect their well-being, and develop skills for a healthy, happy, successful life.
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