The Latest in Youth Issues

The Flood Zone

The Flood Zone 1 in 6 children meet the criteria for a mental health disorder. By adulthood that number will double. By Allison Edwards     In 2019, the World Happiness Organization reported the United States was the least happy it has ever been. One of the reporters said, “By most accounts, Americans should be happier now than ever. The…

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Jenny Simmons Helps Teach Children (and Adults) It’s Okay to Say No

Jenny Simmons Helps Teach Children (and Adults) It’s Okay to Say No An interview with Jenny Simmons.     Saying No is hard work, even for adults. It can be tough to teach anyone when it’s okay to say no. Jenny Simmons wants to help children and adults know that you can say no, and it’s absolutely okay. We had…

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Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss

Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss To help students cope with grief you need two important tools: your heart and high quality resources. By Laura Oathout, found on Music City Counselor     I’ll never forget the phone call from my best friend, my precious student DeShawn’s kindergarten teacher. She explained, through tears, that DeShawn and his sweet older…

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How The 6 Medal of Honor Character Traits Apply to Our Everyday Lives

How The 6 Medal of Honor Character Traits Apply to Our Everyday Lives Anyone is capable of exhibiting these six character traits, but sometimes character has to be developed.     Character has always been something that should be developed, observed and recognized. Whether you are a military officer faced with life or death situations or a child on the…

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Why “No” May be the Most Important Word in Your Child’s Vocabulary

Why “No” May be the Most Important Word in Your Child’s Vocabulary Learning to say no has valuable repercussions in many facets of our children’s lives.     Of course it’s annoying to hear a “no” when you ask your son to clean his room or your daughter to turn off the TV and get ready for bed. But despite…

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5 BENEFITS TO HAVING SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS

5 BENEFITS TO HAVING SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS School counselors are an integral element of the entire educational system. In addition to students, school counseling programs have a positive impact on several groups of people in the education system: students, parents, teachers, administrators and student services personnel.     School counselors are an integral element of the entire educational system….

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Black History is American History. We Should Teach It That Way.

Black History is American History. We Should Teach It That Way. Black students across the country are being robbed of the opportunity to see themselves in what they’re studying and experience the richness of Black history.     Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year where we as a nation check off the proverbial box of…

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How Trauma Affects Kids in School

How Trauma Affects Kids in School Ongoing exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children. Signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who’ve been traumatized.   We tend to think of trauma as the result of a frightening and upsetting event. But many children experience trauma through ongoing exposure, throughout their early development,…

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things

7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things Here are seven strategies and activities we can use to raise children who aren’t afraid to tackle new situations, skills, or obstacles with confidence.   I’ll admit it: Growing up, I was afraid to try new things. I didn’t want to do anything that I wasn’t good at—what was the…

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7 Crafty Ways To Get Your Kids To Express Gratitude

7 Crafty Ways To Get Your Kids To Express Gratitude Grateful kids are happier, more compassionate and engaged. These simple projects can help them get in touch with their thankful sides.     Does your child express gratitude often? Being thankful and appreciative can alter your child’s perception of the world, their family and themselves. One study found that 12-year-olds…

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9 Tips for Talking to People You Disagree With

9 Tips for Talking to People You Disagree With Whether it’s about who does the dishes or takes out the trash, impeachment or gun control, the same rules apply.     There’s value in having conversations with people with whom you don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with. You might evolve your perspective on a topic. You might bolster your argument for…

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With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm In North Carolina, a program offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning.     The 6-year-old boy’s eyes welled up with tears. His teacher, 30-year veteran Leigh Yelton, could see the explosive anger building in the first grader. After…

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