Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
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Why Kids With Stepsiblings May Be More Aggressive

Why Kids With Stepsiblings May Be More Aggressive | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids with step- or half-siblings are more likely to behave aggressively than those who don’t have this added complexity in their family structure, researchers at the University of Michigan report in the journal Demography. 

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

It seems like "The Brady Bunch" doesn't happen all that much in real life blended families. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 10, 2016 1:16 PM

I posted a similar article like this yesterday speaking to the many clients we receive at Penrith Farms that are adopted.

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Kids These Days

Kids These Days | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
I have been told that I have too much faith in kids. Some people question my unwavering belief in teenagers ability to transcend their lives. Am I an eternal optimist or have I just simply spent too much time with kids?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Working with therapeutic boarding schools, it sometimes is hard to remember that we are working with those falling off the rails.  In reality, many many kids are doing amazing, just like the author claims.  We always have to remember that most kids are doing fine, even in sometimes very trying circumstances. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, December 31, 2015 12:59 PM

At Penrith Farms we don't believe you can ever put too much faith in kids.  They are the future and I'm sure older generations always feel something is wrong with the next.

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Education vs. Edutainment

Education vs. Edutainment | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
If we are to take children seriously, and not just apply the model of edutainment to education, it will be with a realignment of the ways in which we think about learning itself.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

How many agree with the author's sketch of the history of modern education?  To me, my reaction is that the attempt to make education entertaining had the result of squeezing content out of it resulting in children bored with calorie free education in our schools.  ??? -Lon 

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Gino Bondi's curator insight, November 13, 2015 8:20 AM

Great post about validating (through listening) the voices of our children - with a focus on Maria Montessori and her work

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How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead

How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? What are we to tell our nation's children about the role of police in their lives?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I think if we add up the negative consequences from our various "wars" (war on poverty, war on drugs, along with our various foreign wars) and fear and anger regarding authority abused, we would be astounded. -Lon

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The Staggering Price of Giving Kids the 'Perfect' Life — and the Toll it Takes on Your Marriage

The Staggering Price of Giving Kids the 'Perfect' Life — and the Toll it Takes on Your Marriage | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
According to a new survey, 44 percent of moms say they argue with their partner over money — and this percentage jumps to nearly 50 percent in households with two or more children.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This spending inflation seems to be part of the "doing for" the children instead of letting them create their own fun. -Lon

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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
'This is kindergarten. We force children to take tests that their brains cannot grasp. We ignore research that proves that children who are 5-6 learn best experientially. We rob them of precious free play that teaches them how to be good citizens, good friends and good thinkers.'

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

SCARY.  The fear this writer talks about, come to think of it, is probably similar to what is experienced at all school levels when they are faced with constant testing.  What are we doing to our children?  And, how is this proper raising of our young people? -Lon

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Teenage girls' mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds

Teenage girls' mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents worrying about drug and alcohol abuse by daughters than more prevalent issues such as cyberbullying, self-harming and finding a job

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

In other words, listen to what your teen is saying, and to do that you have to convince them they are open to listening instead of presenting packaged problems/solutions. -Lon

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Medication May Reduce Injury Risk for Kids With ADHD

Medication May Reduce Injury Risk for Kids With ADHD | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are less likely to have accidents that land them in the emergency room than those who are not on medication, according to a new study.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

One more factor research is showing in the pro and con debate on children taking medication for ADHD. -Lon

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Why telling kids to dream big is a big con – Leslie Garrett – Aeon

Why telling kids to dream big is a big con – Leslie Garrett – Aeon | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Our culture is rich with esteem-boosting platitudes for young dreamers, but the assurances are dishonest and dangerous

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good insight into the misdirected "self-esteem" movement of the past few decades. -Lon

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How Denver Is Trying To Dismantle The School-To-Prison Pipeline

How Denver Is Trying To Dismantle The School-To-Prison Pipeline | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school dress code. The student from Denver, Colorado, thou

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

More and more people are beginning to realize that zero tolerance is only punishment inviting resistance.  They seem to be really on to something, but not understanding very well yet the best way to make it work. -Lon

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Let Them Be Plain, Old Kids

Let Them Be Plain, Old Kids | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
8 benefits of play and what's the worst that can happen?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

It seems the "experts" who taught that we should create challenges for kids and structure their time for them were missing something :) -Lon

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The Health Benefits for Kids Who Engage in 'Thrilling, Risky' Activities

The Health Benefits for Kids Who Engage in 'Thrilling, Risky' Activities | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids who take a few risks reap psychological and physical rewards, research shows.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Actually, this is not necessarily counterintuitive as the author mentions.  It just sounds like kids beingkids. -Lon

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Are 'helicopter parents' to blame for Canada's sedentary kids? - CBC.ca

Are 'helicopter parents' to blame for Canada's sedentary kids? - CBC.ca | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Only nine per cent of children meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of activity per day, according to a new national study.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Maybe some additional evidence that we have to allow kids to be kids, since the consequences seem to be negative when they are overprotected and overcontroled. -Lon

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Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Watching Recess Go to Pieces | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"So," I ask casually at a school meeting, "Will the kids be getting recess back next year?"

"Please God, NO!" says one of the principals at my son's junior high, "We're very happy with no recess i...

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Are we beginning to emphasize seeing our kids as "minds" and ignoring the needs of their muscles and bodies? -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 22, 2016 12:29 PM

Being against recess seems to ignore the increasing rates of ADHD and kids being diagnosed due to sitting in a classroom all day.  A great number of the students that come to Penrith Farms have an ADHD diagnosis.  Reading this article, the principals seem to think that the negative behavior isn't happening, it is just not happening at school.  That in my mind is to just say, its not their problem.

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Do Bullies Want Love, Not War?

Do Bullies Want Love, Not War? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
New research suggests that bullying may be a tactic for securing more dates

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

So what do the opposite sex see in bullies? -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, December 14, 2015 1:22 PM

I wonder why people would be attracted to a bully.  It is also unfortunate that the bullied morph into bullies later in life.  That is why it is very important for a good young adult program to help these troubled young adults by creating a safe environment and not participating in bullying themselves.  Unfortunately some methods come off that way whether intended or not and it is bad for the industry as a whole.

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Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children

Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Julie Lythcott-Haims left Stanford to write a parenting manifesto.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Much of the program in the top quality therapeutic boarding schools is to reverse the student's dependency and to face consequences of their actions.  Perhaps that is the most important skill they learn. -Lon 

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What the increasingly oppressive climate in many schools is doing to kids - opinion

What the increasingly oppressive climate in many schools is doing to kids - opinion | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
When did it become both accepted and routine to address 5 years olds (and 6 and 7 year olds) with barking orders instead of kind, encouraging words?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

She might have something.  Studies show that the typical 1st grader is excited about school and curious about the world, while the most common result in research that the brightest students are "bored" and have little enthusiasm about school.  Another example-many students after high school graduation never read for pleasure. -Lon

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Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits

Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
As a developer of an educational application for mobile devices, I often find myself wondering how parents are adapting to the new paradigm presented by mobile gaming. There has always been a debate of good screen time versus bad screen time, but as more technology is being adapted into the home that debate has shifted

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The debate over screen time for our children not only continues, but is constantly changing.  Except in a few relatively isolated conclaves, no screen time is no longer an option, but limits on the amount of screen time is also becoming complicated since some screen time is quite beneficial.  The next few years are going to see an adjustment and accommodation that aims toward minimizing negative influences. -Lon 

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Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change.

Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In a state proud of its reputation for "hang 'em high" Texas justice, closing the school-to-prison pipeline has long seemed next to impossible. For years, Texas prosecuted more kids for missing

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Is Technology Hurting Our Kids?

Is Technology Hurting Our Kids? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The promise of increased student achievement through the use of technology hasn't really produced any significant results in the past 20 years. And, even more troubling, studies show that increased screen time is harmful to children's social and physical development.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Makes sense.  The problem isn't necessarily total screen time, but a heavy use of screen time for entertainment instead of learning. -Lon

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Childhood Sexual Abuse Taken Out of Context

Childhood Sexual Abuse Taken Out of Context | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
What goes on when the abuse is NOT happening is often just as important

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

In other words, each child is an individual and what the abuse is does not predict what emotional problems will develop. -Lon

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What to do when your kid starts mouthing off — NewsWorks

What to do when your kid starts mouthing off — NewsWorks | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
You ve seen this other people s kids are acting up being fresh or mouthy Their parents are pulled into a vortex of embarrassment and helplessness Meanwhile you — safely perched on the sidelines

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Sounds like the author is saying - Listen carefully, and avoid power struggles. -Lon

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Fitness levels dive as U.S. kids get older - Futurity

Fitness levels dive as U.S. kids get older - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A new study of American schoolchildren in first through twelfth grades finds that fitness levels sharply decline as students age.

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I Taught My Kids How to Lie

I Taught My Kids How to Lie | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"So often I say 'maybe' when I mean 'no'; I promise, 'next time' when I know there won’t be a next time; or I suggest that whatever toy they’re pleading for can be purchased for their next birthday while secretly hoping they’ll forget about it by then," writes Jaime Primak Sullivan. "I don’t think I’ve realized how closely my children have been watching this behavior — and I’m not alone."

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This is part of what makes parenting so hard - we have to watch ourselves even closer than the kids do. :)  k-Lon

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Kids Are Safer Outside Than Inside Their Homes

Kids Are Safer Outside Than Inside Their Homes | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Active play outside prevents many childhood disorders

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

It looks like common sense is gradually making a come-back when it comes to raising children and assessing the risks.  Now if someone would tell the authorities to back off of parents trying to give their children practice in handling themselves like the "free-range children" parents, we might make a dent in some of the problems modern children are having like obesity, questionable health at a young age, and digital addiction. -Lon

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