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Seven steps parents can take to ensure kids work for the right kind of popularity


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Popularity matters, but not in the ways you might expect. There’s a “right” and “wrong” way to attain it. A child who is excluded will suffer now, but research shows that a child who steps on others’ heads to climb the social ladder will suffer later. In my latest The Washington Post article, I share how parents and educators can work with kids no matter where they are in the hierarchy. Here are seven ways to help them develop strong skills, focus on likability, and value authenticity over power and status.

Read the full article in The Washington Post: Seven steps parents can take to ensure kids work for the right kind of popularity

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Phyllis Fagell

Phyllis Fagell is a licensed clinical professional counselor, certified professional school counselor and journalist.

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