The Latest in Youth Issues

Promoting Growth Mindset

Promoting Growth Mindset Cultures Can Help Kids Find Their Inner Hero By Lisa King: School Counselor, Speaker, and Author of “Be Your Own Hero.”   When I first heard Carol Dweck’s TED Talk, I felt like she came out of the screen and grabbed me. Not literally, but go with me here. Her words about the ‘power of yet’ and…

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Surviving Back-to-School Behavior

We know what you’re thinking… “How will my students act after a long winter break? According to the Responsive Classroom, “more fidgety, more talkative, and more restless,” are all behaviors you will see in your classroom on the first week back to school—but don’t hit the door running too soon. Here are three strategies you can use to get your…

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Why are our teens so angry?

Why Are Our Teens So Angry? – Emotions in Disguise – By Janet M Bender, M.Ed. Did you know that a recent Harvard study revealed that an alarming 1 in 12 teens has an anger disorder? In fact, angry feelings turned inward (toxic, suicidal) or outward (spiteful, hostile), create a perfect storm for harmful behaviors among today’s youth and in…

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3 Major Challenges

3 Major Challenges School Children of Low-income Households Experience During Holiday Breaks   Winter break should be a joyful time for all children, but for low-income households, it can be a challenging few weeks without the support and structure school provides. Here are three major challenges for children in low-income households to be mindful of during the holidays.    …

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Why You Should Say No to FOMO

Why You Should Say No to FOMO   Confession: I have terrible FOMO. I thought I might have grown out of it by now, but at 24, I still haven’t been able to shake the feeling of needing to say yes to every plan, party, coffee or drinks meetup that comes my way. When I am invited somewhere, it is…

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You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See   “I fought really hard to get here,” she said with tears filling her eyes. “I’m in my first internship and not only am I the only woman there, but I’m the only person of color. I don’t belong in this field.” I sat across the auditorium, stunned by this statement from a…

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The Importance of Reading Aloud with Children of All Ages

The Importance of Reading Aloud with Children of All Ages   “The single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children,” stressed Becoming a Nation of Readers, a report by the Commission on Reading. The Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children recommended three key practices to support…

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Acts of Kindness Matter

Why Do Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Well-being and others?   “We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa   Small acts of kindness resonate in all our lives.  – Letting someone cut in front of you in a traffic jam. – Stopping to talk with an elderly neighbor,…

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Military Children by the Numbers

Each November, the President proclaims this month as Military Family Appreciation Month. With estimates at more than 1.7 million children of active duty members in the U.S., it’s likely you have students in your schools right now who are navigating this monumental life change. This

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50 Self Regulation Coping Strategies Students Can Use at School

Self Regulation Coping Strategies Students Can Use at School   When students feel overwhelmed in the classroom it can be hard to find appropriate ways for them to cope with their emotions. Below is a list of 50 ideas children can use to cope with their emotions that can be done practically anywhere. When I feel upset, sad, or unfocused…

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18 Simple School Strategies for Students With ADHD

18 Simple School Strategies for Students With ADHD   Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (commonly referred to as ADHD) is a condition that develops in childhood and is characterized by problems with attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ADHD is a problem for approximately nine percent of American children from ages thirteen to eighteen,…

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School Bullying’s Impact Can Last a Lifetime

School Bullying’s Impact Can Last a Lifetime   Being bullied as a youngster may lead to lifelong struggles in adulthood. New research warns that victims of teenage bullying face a 40% greater risk for mental health problems by the time they hit their mid-20s. Young adults with a history of adolescent bullying may also see their odds for unemployment spike…

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