The Latest in Youth Issues

5 Ways To Celebrate World Gratitude Day

5 Ways To Celebrate World Gratitude Day “Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.” — Shakti Gawain     Today is World Gratitude Day. First celebrated in 1965, it was later officially adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group and is recognized…

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Helping Children Cope with Disaster How parents and caregivers react to and cope with a disaster or emergency situation can affect the way their children react.     Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior. For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with…

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8 Keys to Inspiring Joy in the Classroom

8 Keys to Inspiring Joy in the Classroom Each student is worthy of love and respect, and nothing matters more than inspiring a joy of learning.     Kim Thomas has taught math for more than two decades. Most recently, she joined the staff at Woodruff Alternative School in Peoria, Illinois, where she’s been for the last four years. Woodruff…

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Settling the Dust

Settling the Dust It will be adult behaviors that determine whether or not the Covid-crazy dust gets stirred up even further or whether it settles. I am hopeful that if enough of us remember this, the latter will be the case.     “Kid behaviors are going to be crazy when school starts,” a teacher told me earlier this week….

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3 Ways to Build Relationships

3 Ways to Build Relationships—in Person or Virtually ​These approaches help build trust and a sense of community in middle and high school, no matter where or how classes are held.     Establishing strong teacher-student relationships is key to educational success—whether we instruct our students in real time or remotely. Strong relationships provide students with a sense of support…

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10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide

10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide ​As children grow into teenagers, it becomes more challenging for parents to know what they are thinking and feeling. When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about?     1. Don’t let your teen’s depression or anxiety snowball. Maybe your child is merely having a bad…

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Control Your Wiggles

Control Your Wiggles And be the BOSS of your ants. In I Have Ants in My Pants, Julia Cook helps normalize the feeling many kids have when they struggle to control their wiggles and provides strategies for improving impulse control.     Julia Cook knows it can be tough for kids to sit still. So she’s written a new book, which…

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Classroom Management

7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are seven common classroom management mistakes, and what the research says you can do instead.     When Steve Jobs was in third grade, he was such a troublemaker that he got…

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Parent-Teacher Communication

Dear Families and Educators: Why Parent-Teacher Communication Is More Important Than Ever   Dear Families and Educators, As a parent, spouse of an educator, and former teacher myself, I could never have imagined a school year starting like this one. None of us could. We never expected masks to cover up smiles behind first-day-of-school photos. We never expected that schools…

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Online Learning

3 Lessons From Online Learning to Take Back to the Classroom For some teachers, emergency remote instruction birthed new instructional practices that they plan to continue after distance learning ends. By Stephanie Rothstein Remote teaching has brought profound changes. I went through a grieving process for what my classroom once had been and for what it felt like to be in…

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Gaming Disorder

Ask a Doc: Is my child at risk for gaming disorder? Q: What is gaming disorder, and how will I know if my child is affected? A: According to the World Health Organization, people with gaming disorder routinely prioritize gaming over other more favorable activities in spite of the possibility of serious negative consequences. While gaming, a person’s brain can respond similarly…

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Child Anger Management

Children’s Anger Management Strategies That Work Effective ways to help your child handle anger by Eileen Kennedy-Moore Ph.D.   “Punch pillows!” is a common piece of advice children hear regarding how to manage anger. The idea behind this advice is that people have to let their anger out or they’ll explode aggressively. Unfortunately, there’s not a shred of evidence that this…

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