Every now and again parents need to look past the day-to-day demands of parenting to consider what their kids will need to meet the challenges of the new century. Even entry level positions (and many minimum wage jobs) need employees who know how to think, access relevant information, take initiative in solving problems and work collaboratively to respond to quickly changing marketplace demands. How can parents help prepare their kids to succeed in the new global economy? Dr. Wellborn identifies general parenting techniques and approaches that are particularly relevant for fostering the development of 21st century skills. A series of columns elaborating how parents can help their kids develop each of these 21st century skills can be found at brentwoodhomepage.com/section/recent-dr-jim-wellborn-columns.