The Latest in Youth Issues

What to Do When the Holidays Aren’t Happy

What to Do When the Holidays Aren’t Happy The holidays can trigger feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and even depression. It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for some of us. The holidays actually aren’t everyone’s cup of cocoa. For some, it’s a time of nostalgia, traditions, and merriment. For others, it comes with heightened expectations and overwhelming feelings of stress,…

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Strategies to Improve Listening Skills in Students

Strategies to Improve Listening Skills in Students Listening is a skill like any other—it can be improved with practice. It often ends with a sigh of relief. The feeling of knowing—they got it. You explained it, offered time to process, and asked for clarification—you know the cliché question “Does everyone understand?” As you peered into the crowd, youngsters nodded with…

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Learning The Flip Side of Emotions

Learning The Flip Side of Emotions How to not run from anxiety but embrace it. Beat, beat, thump. Beat, beat, thump. Those were the sounds pounding in my head as I waited for my plane to take off. I had always loved to fly. The thought of boarding a plane made me feel energized. For years, I had happily walked…

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Learning from Mistakes

Learning from Mistakes Helping Kids See the Good Side of Getting Things Wrong Learning from mistakes and errors is an important part of child and adolescent development. Most adults understand this concept. Yet, we have failed to teach our children that there is a positive side to getting things wrong. Many children grow up in a society that pressures them…

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A Formula for Healthy Coping Strategies

A Formula for Healthy Coping Strategies Written by Kate Bartlein, author of Felix and the Feelings Formulas Perhaps you are familiar with “coping strategies” or “coping skills,” but what exactly are they? Coping strategies are our thoughts and behaviors in response to a big emotion or challenging situation. They can look and sound different for each person. One person may…

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Helping Kids When They Worry

Helping Kids When They Worry Adults can help kids and teens face new things without letting worry hold them back. As kids grow, they face many new things. Starting school. Meeting new friends. Learning to swim. Competing in sports. Learning to drive. Each new thing can feel like a big step forward. When kids and teens face new things, they…

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How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure According to the research on failure, students may need more than just grit to succeed. A couple of weeks ago, a New York Times op-ed asked the question, “Are kids too coddled?” In other words, shouldn’t we let them fail once in awhile so they develop some backbone? Or don’t they just…

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Hello, Anger

Hello, Anger By: Jessica Sinarski   Anger is everywhere. From a brain perspective, it makes sense. Stress has been high these past couple of years. Our brains and bodies don’t automatically recognize the difference between physical danger and feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or anxious. Maybe that’s why signs like this have been popping up, a gentle reminder not to let our…

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The Unseen Work of a Teacher

The Unseen Work of a Teacher   A few years ago I heard a call-in radio show honoring teachers. A Michigan man with a slight Arab accent told a story I can’t forget. In the 1970s, when he was in elementary, his family moved from Iraq to Michigan. Can. You. Imagine? One day at school his teacher had pulled down…

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Spring into Action with these 7 Acts of Kindness

Spring into Action with these 7 Acts of Kindness   It’s the end of March, which means it’s springtime and what better time to spring into action with acts of kindness. Savvy Aunties can help our nieces and nephews give back with these simple and fun activities. 1. Plant It! Offer to plant a flower or vegetable garden for an…

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Ways to Show School Counselors Appreciation

Ways to Show School Counselors Appreciation During National School Counseling Week, take the time to let your school counselor know how much they are appreciated.   School counselors play important roles in school districts, allowing students to resolve issues they face at home or in the classroom. Given the challenges students may encounter in a remote or hybrid learning environment,…

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A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.   So often we find students in a stressed or anxious state of mind. The most telltale signs are inappropriate behaviors or outbursts, negative comments, and anxiety-ridden movements such as fidgeting, leg…

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