The Latest in Youth Issues

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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Well-Adjusted Children

Want to Raise Well-Adjusted Children? Psychology Says Let Them See You Doing These 10 Things This powerful parenting advice puts the ‘show’ in show and tell. By Scott Mautz, keynote speaker and author, “Find the Fire” and “Make it Happen”     “We aren’t raising children, we’re raising adults,” says family therapist, psychotherapist, and author Susan Stiffelman. What we do as parents…

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Trauma in School

How Trauma Affects Kids in School by Caroline Miller, Editorial Director at childmind.org   Ongoing exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness, or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children. Signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who’ve been traumatized.   We tend to think of trauma as the result of a frightening and upsetting event. But many children experience…

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Counseling Strategies

The counselor is not the strategy. The counselor teaches the strategies. by Allison Edwards, Author of 15-Minute Counseling Techniques That Work In the fall of 2000, I began my career as a school counselor. I had gone to a very nice graduate school where I had learned very nice theories and developed fanciful ideas about what my job would be…

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30-Day Mental Health Challenge

Good House Keeping has developed an amazing 30-Day Mental Health Challenge…if you’d like to join us, download the free calendar below. We can’t wait to de-clutter our minds by doing these easy, but effective, mental exercises. Read the full article.   Download PDF 

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Helping Kids Dream Without Barriers

Helping Kids Dream Without Barriers by Amie Dean, Behavioral  Consultant and Author of There’s No Dream Too Tall   Early in my teaching career, I asked one of my 9th-grade classes to write about what they wanted to do after high school – a pretty typical journal prompt in an English class.  One of my students wasn’t writing, so I quietly…

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