The Latest in Youth Issues

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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Four Benefits of Summer Reading

Four Benefits of Summer Reading   The school year is winding down, and parents and students alike feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as they close their books for the last time. Biology is done! History is over! No math until autumn! It’s time to swap pencils for pool noodles and online classes for family road trips. Summer is…

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How to Protect Your Child From a Predator: Recognizing the Warning Signs

How to Protect Your Child From a Predator: Recognizing the Warning Signs   The #MeToo movement is sparking a national conversation about child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by people in positions of power. What many parents now understand is that sexual abuse is quite common. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before…

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The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For The Future Of Work

The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For The Future Of Work By Bernard Marr, Linkedin.com   Since we’re in the midst of the transformative impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the time is now to start preparing for the future of work. Even just five years from now, more than one-third of the skills we believe are essential for today’s workforce will…

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How I Learned that Not Everyone has to Like You

How I Learned that Not Everyone has to Like You By Nina Parrish, Huffpost.com   I recognized the defeated look on my daughter’s face as she descended the boxy stairs of the school bus. It was a look that I had held on my own face on more than one occasion. “Suzie didn’t want to play with me on the…

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