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11 Back to School Strategies for Parents - Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC

11 Back to School Strategies for Parents - Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
11 coping strategies that help parents manage back to school stress and offer a little self-compassion in the midst of all the to dos.
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Excellent resource for helping families get back into the school routine. 

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The Effects of Technology on Teen Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health via Matthew Lynch

The Effects of Technology on Teen Anxiety, Depression and Mental Health via Matthew Lynch | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Spread the loveWe can’t talk about the effects of technology on teens without the mention of social media, so we’re just going to dive right in. Elementary, middle and high school students are of the social media generation; they’ve been exposed to it their entire lives and don’t remember a time without it. Regardless of personal opinions on technology, social media, teens and how these three things interact, here are a few facts worth noting: Two-thirds of teens have access to internet-capable mobile devices (a.k.a. smartphones). Ninety percent of teens have used social media. On average, teens spend roughly nine …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Teen anxiety and the overuse of social media.

Carla Cruz's curator insight, October 28, 2019 1:12 AM
R: The source is found on an organizational website which specializes in education reform, this increases reliability as it highlights expertise on the educational system due to extensive research on the specific advocacy for improved education.
A: The source mentions a few "facts" found in various studies but fails to mention the studies. meaning it does not account for the validation of said statements. It can be said that the observations are trusted if specific examples were provided, which there is not. The source speaks from an outside point of view, they themselves are not current students in todays "technological generation".
V: The source contains vested interest in that it is an educational reform organization, meaning the more people who read and agree with the articles presented changes, the more exposure the article gains and potential to actually change educational policies is obtained.
E:The source contains specialized knowledge in that it explicitly begins with "here are a few facts" and the situation does demand it because without said evidence many parents or students whom read the article would not be convinced of the effect technology has on education, both good and bad.
N: The article contains neutrality in that it mentions "regardless of personal opinions" yet it proceeds to outbalance the bad effects of technology in education to the good ones as it constantly mentions mental illness associated with a rise in technology use, the author also includes a correlation which is not reliable evidence because it does not necessarily mean that there is cause and effect between technological use increase and mental health issues.
Jared Solovei's curator insight, December 15, 2019 4:20 PM
The use of social media by teens seems to be correlated with poor mental health. The reasoning behind this has to do with the endless influences and standards that younger people are being exposed to. People flaunting their beauty and wealth leads to feelings of inadequacy in teens. The emphasis on social acceptance inherent to being a teenager leads to false ideas of how people should look and act in order to be happy.
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Test Anxiety Tips To Help Your Child Succeed - By Bryan Bigari

Test Anxiety Tips To Help Your Child Succeed - By Bryan Bigari | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Test Anxiety - How To Help Our Kids Manage While very few people actually like taking timed tests, the experience is much worse for some.  It's been estimated that approximately 30% of people experience a least a moderate level of test anxiety. While the discomfort is bad enough, it has…

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Overcoming test anxiety.

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Does my child have separation anxiety? How parents can help with children’s back-to-school fears

Does my child have separation anxiety? How parents can help with children’s back-to-school fears | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
When you layer a pandemic on top of back-to-school, many children may struggle with separation anxiety. Here are some strategies parents can use to help reduce anxiety in their children.
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Have you noticed an emotional shift in your children as they have returned back to in person school? They could be dealing with forms of anxiety. Try these tips to help you child become less anxious.

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Help Kids Cool Down with this FREE Printable Workbook

Help Kids Cool Down with this FREE Printable Workbook | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Download our FREE printable cool down workbook for parents and teachers, to assist in calming a child's big emotions and promoting emotional intelligence!
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Kids feeling anxious stuck at home? Try out this free workbook for helping your child identify and manage their emotions with fun activities!

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is telling doctors to start prescribing play —

The American Academy of Pediatrics is telling doctors to start prescribing play — | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics says we need to stop thinking of play as a trivial, expendable pastime, and start treating it as core to children's healthy development.
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Read about the importance of play in a child's well-being. It's not just a break, it's a part of creating good development in our children.

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Benefits of cycling: How cycling can help overcome depression

Benefits of cycling: How cycling can help overcome depression | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
The benefits of riding a bike extend beyond physical fitness. Here’s how cycling can help mental health, too. Photo: Patrik Lundin
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Cycling, therefore, can help fight the chemical imbalances that cause depression, a serious illness that can result in low mood, feelings of helplessness, self harm and even suicide.

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Giving Our Kids The Gift of Doing Nothing

Giving Our Kids The Gift of Doing Nothing | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
In our busy, hyperactive lives giving our kids the space to do nothing can be one of the most precious gifts we give them. 
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Less really can be more...even during summer breaks.

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Keys to a Good Night's Sleep

Keys to a Good Night's Sleep | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it

Sleep. We all know we need it, but it be one of the first things to go during busier or more stressful times. Times when we need a good night's rest all the more!

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Sleep. We all know we need it, but it be one of the first things to go during busier or more stressful times. Times when we need a good night's rest all the more! Here are some tips to prepare for bedtime.

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10 Things That Make Kids Less Anxious

10 Things That Make Kids Less Anxious | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Anxiety is a difficult condition to treat in adults, much less in children. However, here are 10 things that can help a child feel les
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Help your child manage anxiety and learn to confidently address it.

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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
According to a new analysis, the number of US teens who felt "useless" and "joyless" grew 33 percent between 2010 and 2015, and there was a 23 percent increase in suicide attempts.
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There has been an increase in teen depression over the last several years and studies have shown an association with the rapid increase in screen time

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Tips for helping children cope with hurricanes, storms and their aftermath | Texas Children's Hospital

Tips for helping children cope with hurricanes, storms and their aftermath | Texas Children's Hospital | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
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Advice for parents and caregivers on how to help your children cope in the aftermath of a natural disaster

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Active kids less likely to be depressed later on

Active kids less likely to be depressed later on | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
By Lisa Rapaport(Reuters Health) - Children who get more exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression than their peers who are less active, a recen
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Does exercise act as a deterrent to depression in children?

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Why American Teens Are So Sad

Why American Teens Are So Sad | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Four forces are propelling the rising rates of depression among young people.

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Teens and Depression.

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What Parents Can Do To Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Their Kids

What Parents Can Do To Avoid Passing Anxiety On To Their Kids | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Parents with anxiety disorders can unintentionally teach their children anxious responses to life. But parents can learn how to teach children coping strategies instead, a study finds.

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Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Jennifer Lynn's curator insight, January 11, 2016 7:06 AM

It is often stated that children of anxious parents are more prone to have anxiety disorder. Why is it so? Is anxiety genetic? If you want to get this answer, click on the link: http://bit.ly/1VYO2T8

Reyna Mendez's curator insight, April 10, 2017 12:48 PM
In this article the reader learns methods on ways to prevent passing on Anxiety to their future kids. It states that therapy and a change of parenting skills can help prevent anxiety or any sort of anxious feelings. What a lot of people do not know is Anxiety can be treatable.If you find ways that can help you. I myself have Anxiety. I was diagnosed when I was only 6 years old. I went through very traumatic events in my life and it led to me being diagnosed with Anxiety. I remember feeling different from the other kids because in any moment of the day I would have an attack, it is like I was triggered. I was scared every time. As I got older I began to take pills that eased my attacks or mood swings. As my senior year of high school came I stopped taking those pills because I felt as if I did not have a need to take them anymore. I found my own methods to prevent my attacks. I noticed I only receive them if I am in a position I am certainly uncomfortable with. I get them if I am in a room with an overcrowd of people, if I do not feel safe, if I am scared or nervous. I literally can get them at any time of the day. What I do to prevent them is I just simply have someone hold onto me hug me tight, I begin to count backwards and just breathe as slowly as possible. Once I start having a family I feel as if I will use these methods to help them if they happen to have Anxiety. 
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How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Topics: Ukraine War

How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Topics: Ukraine War | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
We created an age-by-age guide on how to talk to kids about difficult topics. Here's how to discuss the Russia-Ukraine war while still promoting safety.
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It’s so important to have these conversations. This article has age specific suggestions. 

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How to Keep from Transferring Anxiety and Stress to a Child

How to Keep from Transferring Anxiety and Stress to a Child | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Kids don’t need to fear bugs, bills, or the coronavirus pandemic, even if parents do. To keep from transferring anxiety to kids, parents should be honest about fears.

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Parents can find themselves overwhelmed with life's stressors causing them to respond out of their own anxieties. Children are experts at noticing these behaviors. Here are some tips on how to make sure you are not passing your anxious behaviors onto your child. 

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7 key phrases Montessori teachers use and why we should use them, too

7 key phrases Montessori teachers use and why we should use them, too | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
4. "Which part would you like my help with?"
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mindfulness for kids and adults

mindfulness for kids and adults | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
What's the weather like inside you? Mindfulness for kids and adults alike
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Use these tips to learn to ride the waves of your emotions!

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Five ways to encourage your children to develop self-confidence - Aleteia

Five ways to encourage your children to develop self-confidence - Aleteia | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
A comfort zone is by definition a pleasant place: somewhere you feel comfortable and safe, where you don’t have to take risks and your chances of failure are low. While that can be nice, you&…
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If children watch their father or mother face difficult situations, try new things, or overcome their fears, then they will be able to do it too.

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Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to)

Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to) | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
No, it's not just "throw the toys out," like my dad once pretended to do
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Toys are important, right?

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In Praise of A.D.H.D. - The New York Times

In Praise of A.D.H.D. - The New York Times | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
The disorder can be an asset in our frenetic world.
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Today the word “hyperactive” doesn’t just describe certain individuals; it also is a quality of our society.

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Six ways parents can stay connected with their teen sons

Six ways parents can stay connected with their teen sons | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
It may seem as if teen boys don’t want to communicate, but they do. And they need to.
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"Teen boys have powerful feelings, but parents often mistakenly assume their silence means they prefer to be disengaged", says Kenneth Ginsburg

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10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids - Left Brain Buddha

10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids - Left Brain Buddha | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is good for us, AND good for our children. Get started with these strategies to teach mindfulness to kids!
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Ten fun mindfulness practices for kids (and adults)!

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Is Your Child Entitled?  Here Are 5 Ways to Make Sure They Aren't.

no matter how affected your family might be by the entitlement epidemic, it doesn’t take a trip to the pediatrician to cure them. It takes you.

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In an article for Psychology Today, clinical psychologist Leon F. Seltzer wrote, “Those afflicted with a sense of entitlement demonstrate the attitude that whatever they want, they deserve—and automatically at that, simply because they are who they are…”

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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse | Growing Healthy Kids and Teens | Scoop.it
It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out – so where are all the kids? 
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Iceland models successful decrease in adolescent substance abuse.

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