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A critical mission of the CPTC is amplifying best practices for effective parenting and raising young people prepared to thrive. We are committed to reframing the conversation surrounding adolescent development. We recognize the unique capabilities of teens and aim to strengthen family relationships. We do so in part, by advocating for a more balanced view of teens in national and local press including, The Washington Post, ABCNews.com, Wall Street Journal, NBC's Education Nation, Your Teen Magazine, Romper.com, Psychology Today, and the award-winning podcast "Edit Your Life."


Strategies for strengthening relationships with teens from Cheryl Maguire for Grown & Flown.

Tips from Dr. Anisha Abraham on how to help young people find their purpose and pave their own way in life.

Establishing two-way dialogues with middle school tweens and teens from Your Teen for Parents magazine.

A new study reveals the rate of suicide attempts by poisoning has tripled among girls and young women in the past decade. Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez discusses the need for greater prevention in this CNN piece.

Teens mirror their parents’ emotions. Avoid conflict by changing the way you respond to your teen’s behavior. CPTC’s Dr. Ken Ginsburg discusses with Cheryl Maguire in the New York Times.

Discover the pro-teenager movement and learn why it’s critical to see teens’ real abilities in this Op-Ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Reject trendy parenting approaches and embrace the parenting style with staying power in this NBC News Parent Toolkit piece. 

Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez unpacks lifelong lessons parents can teach children amidst crises in this CNN piece.

Learn to draw the line between helping and helicoptering in this timely New York Times article by Dr. Lisa Damour.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg talks to The Daily Star about being trauma-sensitive in order to allow kids to develop and be their best selves.

Tune into Spawned Episode 145 (one of the top parenting podcasts hosted by Kristen and Liz of Cool Mom Picks) for an engaging discussion about celebrating adolescence, facing challenges, and all things tween and teen.

Don’t dread discipline. Refresh your thinking and gain actionable strategies for making rules and consequences that work in this NBC News Parent Toolkit piece.

Phyllis Fagel offers ways parents and schools can tackle the spike in teen suicide in this significant Washington Post piece. CPTC’s Dr. Ken Ginsburg was asked to weigh in.

City leaders in Indiana launched the “Resilient Evansville” movement to change how adults support youth. View coverage of this exciting initiative on Evansville local Eyewitness News and 14 News.

CPTC’s Dr. Ginsburg offers insight into how sensation-seeking is a normal and necessary behavior for teens in this great piece by Kristen Mae of Grown and Flown.

Listen to “The Mom Hour” podcast episode 192 “Toddlers vs. Teenagers” for a healthy debate about the trials and virtues of both stages.

Learn about the importance of loving teens unconditionally in this aish.com piece featuring CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg!

Want to know why teens push parents away? Read this guest post on NBC News’ Parent Toolkit to find out!

The CPTC is featured in this well-researched article by @wallacejennieb for the Wall Street Journal on effective communication. Parents who love and support their teens unconditionally are more likely to keep lines of communication open.

In this podcast on communication and love, Dr. Ginsburg speaks with the Military Child Education Coalition about what military parents can do to lay the foundation for open communication with their kids.

Tune in to Dr. Amy Alamar and ABC’s Sarah Cody for their new podcast Parenting Beyond the Headlines. The latest episode features Dr. Ken Ginsburg breaking down parenting styles, talking about what it means to be a Lighthouse Parent, and why it’s best for kids!

Check out this podcast from the Military Child Education Coalition featuring Dr. Ken Ginsburg who talks about strategies to raise resilient children.

As much as we’d like to, we can’t shield our children from stress. In this NBC10 feature, Dr. Ken Ginsburg discusses strategies to build resilience through hardship.

The CPTC was in the spotlight as NBC10’s Pam Benson took a look at how our resources can support families to communicate through both good and tough times.

Grown & Flown does a Q & A with CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg on how changing the way we think about teens can change our experience raising them.

In the MetroKids article Kids Need to Take Risks, But How Much?, author Dr. Ann L. Rappoport uses our expert guidance on how parents can guide their children to take healthy and safe risks to support their development.

In this USA Today piece on how parents can help ensure children’s happiness after divorce, Dr. Ginsburg’s 7 C’s of Resilience model is featured. Check it out for actionable tips for families dealing with separation or divorce.

Writer Annie Reneau of Grown & Flown and Motherhood and More wrote a touching account of her daughter’s experience opening up to her teachers about her mental health struggles. She quotes CPTC and Dr. Ken Ginsburg on how talking about mental health can reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and increase youths’ willingness to seek help when needed.

“When you care for your self as a parent, you model self care for your child.” Learn this and much more on Grown & Flown’s facebook live interview with Dr. Ken Ginsburg on changing the conversation about teens. It has over 20,000 views so far and has sparked some great conversations!

Check out Episode 122 of the Edit Your Life podcast “Helping Teens Thrive.” Dr. Ken Ginsburg talks with host Christine Koh about flipping the script on parenting teenagers. They discuss ways parents can remain connected to their teens while preparing them for an independent, successful adult life.

Co-Founder of the CPTC Dr. Ken Ginsburg interview with ABC News on teen resilience after traumatic events, in particular what the future may hold for members of the Thai soccer team rescued after being trapped for more than two weeks in a cave.

Is your teen a creative thinker? Are you concerned about your child’s readiness to enter the uber-competitive working world? This Washington Post article, featuring the CPTC’s Co-Founder, Dr. Ken Ginsburg reveals strategies for preparing adolescents to be ready for the road ahead.

Where is the line drawn between protecting teens and smothering them? Your perspective on this question likely varies from your child’s point of view. In this JewishPress.com piece, “The Parenting Balancing Act,” the CPTC reveals the “just-right” approach that makes parents and teens feel whole and strengthens their relationship.

Co-Founder of the CPTC Dr. Ken Ginsburg has coined a term that offers great insight into the most effective way to parent — to be a “lighthouse” for your child. This piece on Romper.com provides a terrific overview of this concept.

On days when parenting presents little challenges that feel bigger, here’s a parenting philosophy to help keep you in check. Lighthouse Parenting is featured in this piece on Romper.com.

Would you be surprised to know that one of the most important lessons parents can learn about raising children is to take the long term view? This means taking a step back from daily concerns and focusing instead on what’s being done to grow happy adults. This article in California’s East Bay Times explains the CPTC’s distinctive approach.

Contrary to what you may believe, children don’t need 100% consistency, all the time, every day, 24/7. Teens can actually benefit from instability. Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of CPTC, spoke with SheKnows.com about the developmental upsides of change.

We know parenting isn’t always easy. Every once in a while you may get angry with your children and need help cooling off. If this sounds like you — even some of the time — take a moment to read this article. Your Teen Magazine includes a helpful conversation with the CPTC about loving your adolescent even when your relationship is being tested.

Like fashion trends, some parenting styles come and go. But the CPTC strongly believes there is one best way to raise children — to adopt a “Lighthouse” approach. Read this article on Romper.com to learn more.

How well do you and your teen communicate? Getting teens to talk is important so families can stay connected. In this article in Your Teen Magazine, CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg reveals the most effective strategies for keeping those essential lines of communication open, no matter your child’s age.

The Washington Post takes time to unravel a critical topic for parents of teenage boys: How to stay connected when it seems all they want to do is clam up and just not engage with parents. We’re thrilled CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg was asked to weigh in on this important subject. Click here for helpful strategies to keep those all-important lines of communication open.

Interested in raising a child who sees the glass as half full rather than half empty? Read this uplifting and empowering piece in Mother Magazine to learn ten strategies for doing just that. The tips are practical and don’t cost any money. And they’re all provided by Dr. Ken Ginsburg, CPTC’s Co-Founder!

What role should parents have in teaching children about love and sex? Should schools play a part? In this Washington Post article, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of CPTC, offers his perspective of how to effectively get these often challenging, Intimate conversations started so they’re more likely to be productive and continue.


If you’re concerned by the lengths some parents go these days to ensure their children’s place in schools, sports, and more, take positive action and learn to foster resilience in this timely Psychology Today post.

Learn about how to support youth resilience through loving-kindness in this powerful Psychology Today piece.

Gain conversation tips for talking to tweens and teens in this post by Parenting are Talking.

CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Carol Ford published an editorial in the Journal of Adolescent Health on “Why We Should Worry About ’13 Reasons Why’.” It’s a must read for parents of teens.

In “It’s About More Than Just Giving Thanks”, a blog selected as a cover story for Psychology Today, the CPTC discusses how Thanksgiving is a time to move past differences and re-connect.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Co-Founder of the CPTC, and Eden Pontz, Executive Producer and Director of Digital Content, reveal in Psychology Today why they are heartened and inspired by teen activism. And why we all should be!

In this piece in Psychology Today, CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg reveals how setting boundaries is one of the most effective ways parents communicate love to their teens. There are other important ways, too. Read on to learn additional strategies.

Need guidance for speaking with your children about acts of violence in your community or in the news? In his seminal writing for Psychology Today, CPTC Co-Founder Dr. Ken Ginsburg explains best strategies for having these often difficult discussions.

In this piece on Parents are Talking, an educational website aimed at encouraging healthy sexual behaviors (spearheaded by Dr. Aletha Akers, a faculty member and gynecologist at the CPTC!), we talk about the importance of defining success in a way that allows young people to thrive far into adulthood.


In the Children’s View Summer Issue from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the “Ask Dr. Bell” column, addresses the challenges of getting teens needed sleep.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg wrote the forward to Dr. Amy Alamar’s recently published book The Parenting Project. Tune in to Amy and Sarah Cody’s podcast Parenting Beyond the Headlines featuring Dr. Ginsburg as the special guest!

The Cornerstone blog put out by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Research Institute featured the CPTC, our website launch, and our mission to transform understandings and expectations about the teenage journey into adulthood.

Check out 3 ways to build resilience in your child, as featured in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Health Tip of the Week series.

Penn News Today interviewed CPTC Co-Founders Drs. Carol Ford and Ken Ginsburg about re-framing the conversation about adolescence. Check it out here!

The Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia interviewed Co-Founders Drs. Carol Ford and Ken Ginsburg on the mission and vision of the CPTC in their Bench to Bedside series.

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