The Latest in Youth Issues

How to Teach Kids Problem-Solving Skills

How to Teach Kids Problem-Solving Skills   Whether your child can’t find his math homework or he’s forgotten his lunch, good problem-solving skills are the key to helping him manage his life. A 2010 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that kids who lack problem-solving skills may be at a higher risk of depression and suicidality. Additionally, the…

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Four Benefits of Summer Reading

Four Benefits of Summer Reading   The school year is winding down, and parents and students alike feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as they close their books for the last time. Biology is done! History is over! No math until autumn! It’s time to swap pencils for pool noodles and online classes for family road trips. Summer is…

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How to Protect Your Child From a Predator: Recognizing the Warning Signs

How to Protect Your Child From a Predator: Recognizing the Warning Signs   The #MeToo movement is sparking a national conversation about child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by people in positions of power. What many parents now understand is that sexual abuse is quite common. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before…

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The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For The Future Of Work

The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For The Future Of Work By Bernard Marr, Linkedin.com   Since we’re in the midst of the transformative impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the time is now to start preparing for the future of work. Even just five years from now, more than one-third of the skills we believe are essential for today’s workforce will…

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How I Learned that Not Everyone has to Like You

How I Learned that Not Everyone has to Like You By Nina Parrish, Huffpost.com   I recognized the defeated look on my daughter’s face as she descended the boxy stairs of the school bus. It was a look that I had held on my own face on more than one occasion. “Suzie didn’t want to play with me on the…

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Let Go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) at Work

Let Go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) at Work By Melissa Gratias   The word FOMO was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. The Fear of Missing Out is the uneasy feeling, sometimes escalating to an all-consuming fear, that your peers are doing something better than you, or that they have something you desperately want. Often, FOMO…

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How to Bring Your Child Hope on the Most Depressing Day of the Year

How to Bring Your Child Hope on the Most Depressing Day of the Year By Julia Cook As seen on Fox News   Blue Monday is notably the perfect storm of a day to feel hopeless. The holidays are over, the weather and nights are dark and cold, failure to complete our New Year’s resolutions becomes a reality, and the post-holiday…

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Reach Out to Those Often Forgotten at Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year that brings people together. Our schedules are full with family celebrations, school musicals, Christmas programs, holiday get-togethers with friends, and work parties with coworkers. But what about those who are alone during the holidays? There are many different groups of people who may be forgotten during the holidays – the elderly, those serving…

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THE Thing Our Kids Need Most – from a school counselor and mom

THE Thing Our Kids Need Most – from a school counselor and mom By Julia Cook As seen on TODAY.com     As a mom, I often think about the many things I need to be teaching my children. Manners, kindness, empathy. Phonics, algebra, sentence structure. Oh, and of course, the practical matters of humor and hygiene. Hope hasn’t always been…

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How to Help Students Develop Hope

How to Help Students Develop Hope By Vicki Zakrzewski As seen on Greater Good Magazine   According to research, hope is key to academic achievement–and it’s a skill students can develop over time. Here’s how. “I hope I get an ‘A’ on this test!” How many times have teachers heard these exact words from their students? Goodness knows, most teachers would…

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Smartphones and Tablets Causing Mental Health Issues in Kids as Young as Two

Smartphones and Tablets Causing Mental Health Issues in Kids as Young as Two As seen on NZ Herald   Children as young as two are developing mental health problems because of smartphones and tablets, scientists warn. Just an hour a day staring at a screen can be enough to make children more likely to be anxious or depressed. This could be making…

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Default Worries and What They Do for the Brain

Default Worries and What They Do for the Brain By Allison Edwards   Default worries is a term I came up with several years ago when I had kids returning to my office with the same fears they had months, even years before. They would come in fearing death, getting sick, getting old, failing out of school, not getting into college,…

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