08
Sep

0

Parenting Strategies for Minimizing Childhood Anxiety

Of course you mean well, but could your parenting style actually be exacerbating your child’s anxiety level? We all want to help our children feel less anxious in the face of the ever-increasing onslaught of stress-inducing factors affecting our kids. The digital age and the competitive landscape our children are growing up in are leading […]

07
Sep

0
Called “Bunny Hunting”, It’s Anything But Cute

Called “Bunny Hunting”, It’s Anything But Cute

A Sheriff from the Crime Prevention and Juvenile Resource Unit in Loudoun County, VA talks to middle-schoolers about the dangers of sexting, sextortion, cyberbullying, sexual predation and identity theft. (read the full article) Previously only presented to parents, the local law enforcement department decided it was time to start reaching out to 6th and 9th graders […]

14
Jun

0

Teens are “Hard-Wired” to Love “Likes”

A recent article in the Huffington Post (based on research originally published in the journal of Psychological Science) helps explain why social media is so addictive for teens. While the study highlights the obsessive nature of teens love of “Likes”, it also finds some positive aspects of social media platforms for teen development as well. […]

11
Jan

0

Reacting or Responding-What’s the Difference?

Imagine that your oldest kids are fighting…again.  Or, your youngest just spilled his juice box on the floor.  Or, your daughter is whining that life is “not fair.” What’s your knee-jerk reply? Are you a yeller? Do you criticize? Overreact? Maybe you ignore, walk away or throw up your hands in frustration. Or…do you inquire? […]

17
Sep

0

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Think Global: Advice from the Cleveland Clinic A post from the blog “Your Teen for Parents” on teaching boys about hygiene during puberty: Smelly feet Smelly armpits Smelly breath Act Local: Comment below How can a parent reinforce good hygiene habits during their son’s puberty in ways that are both… lighthearted? respectful? This photo “My new job […]

14
Sep

0

Digital Thriving for Tweens

Think Global:  Media historian Devorah Heitner, PhD spoke at TEDx Naperville on “The Challenges of Raising a Digital Native”.  Dr. Heitner challenges parents to “help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness”, while acknowledging parents’ anxieties about their children’s use of technology including: cyberbullies, “naughty pictures”, addiction to games, double-screening and multi-tasking,  Just before […]

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