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Manipulate Your Marker: A Proactive Approach to Success in the HSC (English)

Manipulate Your Marker: A Proactive Approach to Success in the HSC (English)

Mitchell Grotte

$59.95
This is the book the Board of Studies tried to censor.

Manipulate Your Marker is designed to assist all NSW and ACT students to achieve exemplary results. With useful study tips and step-by-step guides, it offers a complete approach to the study of English for the HSC.

It provides a vehicle through which the power structure within the classroom can be challenged. No longer will students feel oppressed. Our ideal is for students to feel empowered and confident in their ability to perform to their potential. Power to the students!


Testimonials

“As a conscientious and high-achieving English student, I would love to have had access to such a comprehensive and holistic guide when I was going through my HSC. Manipulate Your Marker is an all-in-one resource that combines content with technical elements, practical tips and real examples to coach students through all aspects of the Standard, Advanced and Extension Courses. An extremely valuable ‘how-to’ tool!” - Alex Borowsky, HSC Top Achiever 2007, 1st in English Advanced, 2nd in English Extension 1, 1st in English Extension 2

“Manipulate Your Marker works to explain and demystify the often misunderstood requirements that all markers are yearning to assess and reward.” - Ross Masters, Year Coordinator for an independent boy’s college in Sydney and teacher with 38 years experience (having taught an estimated 3,500 students)

“Thoughtful, detailed and clear, Mitchell Grotte’s book offers a substantial and carefully organised guide to studying English as an HSC subject. It will enhance the development of skills necessary for success.”
- Dr Tony Cousins, Professor in English, prolific author and respected academic

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Switch on Your Brain: A Guide to Better Reading, Concentration and Co-Ordination

Switch on Your Brain: A Guide to Better Reading, Concentration and Co-Ordination

Allan Parker ,  Margaret Cutler-Stuart

$19.95
How many of us have found ourselves hampered in our work and at home because we can't take a balanced view. If this is you then you're probably a lop-sided left or right brain person. This imbalance shows in other ways too: some of us suffer social embarrassment because of poor muscular co-ordination. Some even fall asleep at inconvenient times! Increasingly too we demand more of our students and sports people who need to operate to their optimum potential.

To be an active learner and a whole person, why no try Educational Kinesiology, a method of integrating left and right brain processes? Put simply, the techniques in Switch on Your Brain will improve your left and right brain co-ordination. The exciting thing is that you can see results quickly - in some cases, immediately. The tests and exercises can be done at home. Easy to use, they are safe for all to try.

By increasing our capacity to learn, we can all improve our performance and enhance our self-esteem. Switch on Your Brain has helped many people change their lives, especially those with obvious learning difficulties, and the efficacy of this approach has been proved over many years.


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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0: Surviving Adolescent Girls

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0: Surviving Adolescent Girls

Michael Carr-Gregg  ,  Elly Robinson

$22.99
What do you do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who acts like a responsible adult one day and a rude, selfish brat the next? You stay calm, and consult the experts.

By the time they turn thirteen, adolescent girls look like they're ready for anything - but they're not. Our girls are growing up in a society that is rapidly changing and challenging the skills of even the most experienced parents. A roadmap is needed to guide parents through this new landscape, to ensure we bring up happy, healthy young women.

This indispensable book focuses on the special trials of raising adolescent girls today, including:

● adolescent development in a new society
● pressures at school
● parenting strategies that work
● parenting in the digital age
● sex and drugs
● mental health

In this fully revised and expanded edition, leading adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and researcher Elly Robinson also discuss the single most prolific and influential factor of our times - technology.  If you feel like you're losing control when it comes to parenting your daughter, it's time to grab back the reins.


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The Prince Boofhead Syndrome

The Prince Boofhead Syndrome

Michael Carr-Gregg

$22.99
The long-awaited, highly anticipated companion volume to The Princess Bitchface Syndrome - the must-have manual for all parents of teenage boys.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg believes that too many Australian boys have got it too easy - and the result is a generation of 'boofheads'- boys with huge egos who think they are too good to stack the dishwasher or turn up to school. They expect the world and give little in return. But things are about to change. 

From the author of the groundbreaking Australian bestseller The Princess Bitchface Syndrome and researcher Elly Robinson comes this essential companion book for boys. It serves as both a warning and a rescue manual for all desperate parents - why have some boys today become such egotistical and lazy creatures, what can you do to prevent it, and how do you deal with the situation if you're caught up in the crisis?

This book will ask the tough questions and deliver straightforward advice so that the parents of today can take back control. It is essential reading for everyone living with a teenage boy.


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9 Ways to a Resilient Child: Raising Kids Who'll Bounce Back from Adversity and Challenging Times

9 Ways to a Resilient Child: Raising Kids Who'll Bounce Back from Adversity and Challenging Times

Justin Coulson

$29.99
Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and easily, moaning 'I can't'. Perhaps your child resists going to school because they don't like their teacher or their friend rejected them. Maybe they failed in a sporting contest or an exam.

One of the most frequent questions Kidspot parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson is asked is 'How can I help my child become resilient?' Friendship problems, bullying, physical changes and parenting styles are just some of the issues that can affect our children's ability to bounce back from difficulty and adapt to challenging situations. Helping our children develop resilience can have lifelong positive effects.

9 Ways to a Resilient Child will help parents enable their children to cope with the challenges that life throws at us all. Discover why winners aren't always grinners, the problems with common advice like 'Toughen up, princess', the negative impact of helicopter parenting, and how praise can harm instead of help. Understand both the protective and the risk factors affecting resilience for better or for worse. And uncover the psychological secrets that will build your child's ability to bounce back, stronger and more resilient than ever: from the ability to think flexibly, make safe and healthy choices, and exercise self-control, to the powerful impact of family, relationships, school and community.

Dr. Coulson aims to bolster resilience - not just in our children, but also in ourselves. Because resilient parents are more likely to have resilient kids.

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1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood

1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood

Thomas Phelan

$24.99
From the author of the 1.7 million-copy bestseller 1-2-3 Magic comes 1-2-3 Magic Teen, which provides clear, practical advice tailored specifically to the challenges of parenting teenagers.

Dr. Thomas Phelan is an internationally renowned expert in his field and has broken down the elements of effective parenting into easy-to-understand advice that can work for any family.

Parents will learn how to tackle the unique challenges that come with parenting teenagers, including how to more effectively communicate with their teen, how to help their child manage risk, how to let go in certain situations, and when to seek professional advice.

Dr. Phelan's step-by-step approach is a concise, encouraging guide that walks parents through the ups and downs of parenting teenagers, allowing them to help their kids gain confidence and push toward independence.


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Spoonfed Generation

Spoonfed Generation

Michael Grose

$34.99
It’s well established that parents in western countries such as Australia currently do too much for their kids, albeit with good intentions. Before driving their kids to school (or station or bus stop) each morning most parents would have woken their children up, made their breakfast and lunch, depositing the latter in their schoolbags, before reminding them to get dressed and brush their teeth. All this well-intentioned activity may make for an easier life at home but it encourages children to be dependent on adults for longer. This is the exact opposite of what parents have done in the past, which is to develop their children’s independence and achieve the most important parenting outcome of all – their own redundancy.

There are a number of reasons for this high level of dependency parenting, including family shrinkage (parents are able to do a great deal for kids in small families), older parents (often over-concerned about their children), busy lives (it’s easier to do than delegate) and a heightened fear that the world is a dangerous place for young people. While terms such as ‘helicopter parents’, ‘bubble-wrapping kids’ and ‘over-parenting’ are now common place, they are unhelpful and offer little direction for parents.

Spoonfed Generation will explain the importance of children’s independence and the vital stages to letting go. Never before has a generation been so dependent on their parents; now it’s time to remove the spoon and put it back in the drawer.

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Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child

Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child

George Lynn (George Lynn) ,  Cynthia C. Johnson (Cynthia C. Johnson)

$29.95
An easy-to-follow guide that will help parents understand recreational screen media use at home.

Recreational screen media use is quickly replacing family time, by no fault of parents. They are doing the best they can based on the information available to them, which claims nothing can be done to stop their children's screen dependence.

Parents seeking change need a new framework for action. Breaking the Trance does not blame parents nor vilifies technology, but it does give parents clear and effective strategies to implement immediately. The results will restore a sense of care and connection within the family.


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Managing Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital Age

Managing Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital Age

Edmond Schoorel ,  Eduard Maas

$19.99
Screens and digital devices are everywhere in our modern world and it's becoming increasingly common for even very young children to regularly use tablets and smart phones. Many parents struggle to know what's best for their children.   
 
This book offers a comprehensive overview of the pros and cons, to help parents make their own choices. It explores the health effects of screen time as well as the benefits of new technology and the implications for education.   
 
Much writing on this subject is one-sided and dogmatic. This thought-provoking book is not designed to make parents feel guilty, but to empower them to find their own balance.


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Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect

Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle: Resolve the Power Struggle and Build Trust, Responsibility, and Respect

Neil D. Brown

$33.95
In virtually all families, there are moments when teens are unhappy with parental limits, rules, and requests-as well as times when those kids are disobedient or noncompliant, or get caught up in the moment and make bad decisions. But the parent-teen control battle goes beyond this; it's a chronic relationship pattern that uses up the family's emotional resources and can seriously impact child identity, self-esteem, and development, and cause stress for everyone around.

This book offers a thorough understanding of the control battle and a clear prescription to end it. With Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, you'll learn about the three elements that support this chronic conflict- reactivity, negative emotional tone, and being  other-person oriented -and discover the two key changes that can be made to address the underlying issues, allowing you to move toward a more positive way of seeing your teen and working on behavioral change. Using tools based in structural family therapy (SFT), which targets the core relationship pattern driving the control battle, you'll be able to address specific issues and create a healthier pattern.

If you're tired of the constant battle for control and you're ready to cultivate a more loving, peaceful, and supportive environment for the whole family, this book has the skills and understanding you need to be successful, no matter what you and your teen face.


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Tricky Teens: How to Create a Great Relationship With Your Teen - Without Going Crazy

Tricky Teens: How to Create a Great Relationship With Your Teen - Without Going Crazy

Andrew Fuller

$27.99
Well-known teen psychologist Andrew Fuller provides practical and humorous advice on how to ensure both you and your teen survive the teenage years.  

Tricky teens provides parents with a step-by-step guide to understanding what is really going on in the minds of their teenagers - and why; handling common conflict situations faced by every family with a teenager and successfully navigating common difficulties; creating a relatively peaceful happy family environment; and raising your teens so that they can successfully leave home, get a job and become wonderful adults.

A clinical psychologist, Fuller has spent years helping parents understand and assist their tricky teens to safely navigate adolescence. He says that the key to understanding teenagers is to realise that their behaviour is caused by two things: the routines and habits that are ingrained in their lives and their families' lives; and the neurochemicals and hormones washing around in the massive soup bowl called their brains.

Learning how to parent in ways that manage the heady heights and deep troughs of moods and acts caused by these neurochemicals is life saving and sanity preserving. Divided into four sections:
1. Neurochemistry and Habit: What really causes tricky teen behaviours
2. Overcoming Common Problems: helping teens successfully navigate common problems such as anxiety, arguments, computer addiction, the opposite sex, reclusive teenagers, sibling conflict, suicide prevention, zombies and zits
3. Changing patterns: A six-week program for re-establishing communications with your teenager
4. Essential Conversations: twelve essential talks to have with your teenager including:

How to be an adult.
How to develop a good reputation and keep it.
Honesty: why it is important.
Developing empathy and compassion.
Finding romance, saying no to romance you don't want and keeping romance alive.


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iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Jean M Twenge

$39.99
A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.


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The Two Worlds of Your Teenager: How to Help Your Teen Start their Career on the Right Foot and Safely Enjoy the Fun of Being Young

The Two Worlds of Your Teenager: How to Help Your Teen Start their Career on the Right Foot and Safely Enjoy the Fun of Being Young

Sonya Karras ,  Sacha Kaluri

$27.99
Over the past 17 years, Sonya Karras and Sacha Kaluri have been working with teenagers on a daily basis. They understand that while teenagers experience many changes in their lives, there are two big areas that come into full bloom about the same time as each other: social life and thoughts about a career path.

Sonya and Sacha are experts in these two areas. They believe it's the parent's job to be well prepared for this confusing time in their teenager's life, so when your children really need help, they will confidently come to you, their parents, because you understand what's really going on. Their goal is to narrow the gap between teens and their parents.

Sonya and Sacha have made it their life's mission to engage and connect with teenagers on a daily basis to guide them in these areas. They believe the more choices, options and information a teenager is given, the more likely they are to make positive choices, especially when faced with a tricky situation. Their fun, down-to-earth manner readily connects with parents and teens, making this an engaging and informative read.

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The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover that This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling Is Exactly Why I Am Here

The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover that This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling Is Exactly Why I Am Here

Timothy Dukes

$24.99
If you can recognise that your child needs to be witnessed, held, and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive.  With all the distractions of work, technology, and life in general, The Present Parent Handbook invites parents to be mentally and emotionally available to their children.

In the present, there is the opportunity to show up, pay attention, and become the parent you want to be.

With an easy-to-follow A-Z format, every parent will be able to implement the 26+ simple tools to become a more present parent for their children.


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ADHD Go-To Guide: Facts and strategies for parents and teachers

ADHD Go-To Guide: Facts and strategies for parents and teachers

Desiree Silva ,  Michele Toner

$29.99
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common mental-health condition in children and is present in most countries around the world. Although there is an abundance of literature on ADHD with plenty of scientific information, this condition remains controversial and often under-diagnosed.

Many books have been written for parents about ADHD but most of them are quite scientific. They can be difficult to navigate, especially if you are a parent with some symptoms of ADHD yourself.

This book is a go-to guide for parents and teachers, providing up-to-date knowledge in a simple, easy-to-read format. It is filled with information your doctor would like to provide, but is often unable to do so in the limited appointment times available. This book also gives a framework and practical tips for how you can manage and advocate for your child in different settings, with or without medication. It summarises evidence to date for medication and alternative therapies, examines commonly held beliefs about ADHD, and debunks myths.

ADHD Go-To Guide book has been written by a developmental paediatrician (Desiree Silva) and an ADHD coach (Michele Toner), both of whom are passionate about improving the lives of children with ADHD and their families. They both have over 20 years of experience in the field and recognise the need for this practical guide.

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10 Things Girls Need Most: And How They Will Help Her Throughout Her Life

10 Things Girls Need Most: And How They Will Help Her Throughout Her Life

Steve Biddulph

$29.99
For 40 years I've worked with parents in groups - and it is so much fun and so moving that I would love to do that with every parent in the world. But I can't! So 10 Things Girls Need Most aims to be the next best thing. This is a special kind of book. You can read it straight through and get great ideas for raising your daughter.

But it also offers something extra that can give you so much more. On many pages you will find opportunities to interact. These are very simple - just a list to tick, or a couple of questions to respond to. These interactive tasks immediately get you thinking about your own life, your family and, of course, your daughter.

10 Things Girls Need Most is a dual gift. It provides the very best information that we have about girls growing up today - and, alongside, are interactive tasks and self-exploration practices will help you to put that into practice.'


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Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today's Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

Dr Michael J Bradley

$32.95
A little resilience goes a long way...

Peel back the cheerful facade that parents present, and you'll find that many are worried about their teens.

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments… and it's no surprise that today's teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.   
Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counselling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.

Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humour, this book sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

What kids these days are really going through
Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive.
What-to-do-when suggestions for common behaviour, school, and social issues.
Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more.

It's not easy being a teen - and it's certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide… and your kids may even thank you for it.


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Brainstorm: The Power And Purpose Of The Teenage Brain

Brainstorm: The Power And Purpose Of The Teenage Brain

Daniel Siegel

$32.99
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and oftentimes maddening, ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation.

According to renowned neuropsychiatrist, Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.

In BRAINSTORM, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behaviour and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.


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Generation Next Volume 2: Nurturing Young Minds: Mental Wellbeing in the Digital Age

Generation Next Volume 2: Nurturing Young Minds: Mental Wellbeing in the Digital Age

Ramesh Manocha

$35.00
This is the most authoritative and up-to-date collection of information about a range of issues affecting young people in the digital age, including online behaviour management, cyberbullying, mental health and making good choices.

Being a teenager has never been easy, but the digital age has brought with it unique challenges for young people and the adults in their lives. Nurturing Young Minds: Mental Wellbeing in the Digital Age collects expert advice on how to tackle the terrors of the twenty-first century and is a companion to Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds.

A comprehensive and easily accessible guide for parents, teachers, counsellors and health care professionals, this book contains important advice about managing online behaviour, computer game addiction and cyberbullying, as well as essential information on learning disorders, social skills and emotional health.

This volume includes up-to-date information on:
Understanding Teen Sleep and Drowsy Kids
Emotions and Relationships Shape the Brain of Children
Understanding the Teenage Brain
Healthy Habits for a Digital Life
Online Time Management
Problematic Internet Use and How to Manage It
Computer Game Addiction and Mental Wellbeing
Sexting: Realities and Risks
Cyberbullying, Cyber-harassment and Revenge Porn
The 'Gamblification' of Computer Games
Violent Video Games and Violent Behaviour
Talking to Young People about Online Porn and Sexual Images
Advice for Parents: Be a Mentor, Not a Friend
E-mental Health Programs and Interventions
Could it be Asperger's?
Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties
Friendship and Social Skills
The Commercialisation of Childhood
Sexualisation: Why Should we be Concerned?
Porn as a Public Health Crisis
How Boys are Travelling and What They Most Need
Understanding and Managing Anger and Aggression
Understanding Boys' Health Needs

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The Next Generation: Preparing Today's Kids For An Extraordinary Future

The Next Generation: Preparing Today's Kids For An Extraordinary Future

Tony Ryan

$29.95
Today's children will be an unprecedented global force—are they ready?

The Next Generation maps out the world of possibilities ahead for today's young people, and reveals the skills and habits they'll need to take full advantage of their unique futures. Around 35% of the world's population is under 20 years of age; known as Generation Z and Generation Alpha, these children are coming of age in a world that is safer, healthier, wealthier and more productive than ever before. Opportunities fan out in the distance for today's kids—a world of possibility awaits, and they will be the ones to shape the future for us all. Right now, it's the job of parents and educators to prepare these kids for what awaits. They need an instinctual adaptability, quick thinking and comfort with change. They need to be technologically literate, and ready to take on whatever challenges arise.

This book explores the evolution of "coming of age" in a world where teens are already an entrepreneurial force, and shows you how to instill the talent, skills and instincts today's children will need to make the most of their future.

    * Explore the unique opportunities that exist for today's children
    * Discover the three capabilities that will prepare them for their dramatic journey
    * Learn three ways in which kids can help create a worthwhile future for themselves
    * Give them the skills they need to successfully navigate rapid, never-ending change

Continuous technological advancements combined with our children's unprecedented levels of involvement will unleash humanity's next major social and economic evolution - will your child be ready? The Next Generation helps you prepare them for their journey to success.

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