The Latest in Youth Issues

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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Worry 101

Worry 101 By Noel Foy   Are you a worrrywart? For much of my life, I was a professional worrier— childhood worries such as sleepovers, doctor visits, germs, grades, and fear of making mistakes morphed into adult worries about my husband, children, finances and deadlines. Funny thing is, I didn’t tell anyone how I felt. Despite frequent headaches, butterflies, tightness…

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Combating the Suicide Epidemic Among Our Youth

Combating the Suicide Epidemic Among Our Youth   By Dr. Dave A. Opalewski   Suicide is officially recognized as the number 3 cause of death among U.S. adolescents.  Most researchers and mental health treatment specialists claim it could be actually the number 2 cause of death among U.S. adolescents, especially when considering the most recent data from the Centers for…

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School Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management

School Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management   By Melissa A. Louvar Reeves & Stephen E. Brock   While schools are safer today than in years past, one act of school violence is one too many. Recent reports have conveyed the importance of schools developing and implementing protocols and procedures to prevent or mitigate school violence. To assist with this task, this…

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Thoughts on the Parkland Tragedy

As a parent who with my wife raised three children, and as a 44 year educator, I am very sad to see another school shooting tragedy has occurred in Parkland, Florida.  This is a very tragic and traumatic event for our Country and more intensely the community of Parkland.   As a crisis team leader and trainer, my experience and…

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Helicopter Parenting: What a Stanford Dean Says Parents are Doing That’s Ruining Their Kids

What a Stanford Dean Says Parents are Doing That’s Ruining Their Kids By Elisa with Daily Crackle   This week, I sat in an auditorium with a couple hundred other parents at my daughter’s high school to hear what author and former freshman dean of Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims, had to say about an epidemic of “over parenting” and the…

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Being Thermostats to the Thermometers in our Lives

Being Thermostats to the Thermometers in our Lives Tips for talking with your kids about terrorist attacks and other traumatic events   NOTE: Following the September 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks, long-time elementary school counselor and author, Leann Hanshaw (author or our best selling Seymour the Seal™ and Sealed with™. . . lifeskills storybooks), has been called upon to assist many…

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30 Ways Mayors & Local Government Can Promote Good Character

30 Ways Mayors & Local Government Can Promote Good Character By Tom Lickona, Director; Center for the 4th and 5th R’s   1. Join an organization that promotes character, e.g., Character Counts Coalition (310-306-1868) or Character Education Partnership (800-988-8081). 2. Issue a Mayor’s/City Council Proclamation endorsing the target character traits and encouraging all employees and citizens to model and promote…

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