The Latest in Youth Issues

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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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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21 Phrases to Use in Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

21 Phrases to Use in Dealing with Difficult Behaviors   The first priority in creating a positive classroom environment and limiting problem behaviors is to develop positive relationships. That’s absolutely essential. The second priority is to clearly establish expectations, for students and teachers. And that’s a necessity also. Both teachers and students should know what to expect. Building relationships and…

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Take a Minute: Suicide Prevention

Take a Minute: Suicide Prevention   Taking a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, friend, colleague or even a stranger – could change the course of another’s life. Individuals who have survived a suicide attempt have much to teach us about how the words and actions of others can be important, and many…

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Body Image for Children and Teens

Body Image for Children and Teens   Children’s opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years old can have body image issues. There are many things that influence how children see themselves. Parents can play a critical role in helping children develop a positive body image and self-esteem (how you…

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Phone Use Linked to Teen Anxiety?

Phone Use Linked to Teen Anxiety?   A 2017 study in the journal Child Development shows nighttime usage of a cell phone can increase anxiety and depression in teenagers and reduce self-esteem. This is the first study that shows a direct link between screen time and mental health. Psychologist and CBS News contributor Lisa Damour joins “CBS This Morning” to…

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Children, Shame and Back-to-School – How Parents Can Help End the ‘Shame Game’

Children, Shame and Back-to-School – How Parents Can Help End the ‘Shame Game’   As the first day of school looms and parents everywhere rejoice, it’s important to remember that while it’s often an exciting time and a fresh start, back-to-school can be a peak time for shame. Shame is not a feeling limited to adults. It’s something that our…

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How Schools and Teachers Can Foster Meaningful Learning Experiences

How Schools and Teachers Can Foster Meaningful Learning Experiences   There are no magic solutions in education. But after visiting 30 schools, conducting 300 interviews and sitting in on classes for 750 hours, authors Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine, who wrote In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, have much to say about how the best schools…

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6 Strategies for Building Better Student Relationships

6 Strategies for Building Better Student Relationships  A teacher shares her best practices for establishing strong relationships with her class at the start of the school year.   One day, Alyssa, an eighth-grade student, came to our middle school wearing a purple bandanna as a headband, even though she knew that our school’s dress code does not allow bandannas. While it…

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Parents: Let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor

Parents: Let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor   Your teenager has a science project due. He hates science. He hates projects (as do you). Do you: A. Set deadlines for him, get the necessary materials, lay them out on the table with some homemade chocolate chip cookies B. Ask your neighbor who is a renowned chemist…

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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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