Leah Davies, M.Ed. shared another wonderful post! Our words are a powerful tool, and often phrasing can mean the difference between a source of comfort or a painful barb. Words Can Inspire is all about using your words to build up and encourage children to achieve. Davies shows some examples of how honest statements can be encouraging or discouraging. Read more here.
A study performed by the University of Montreal shows evidence that children who witness bulling and violent behavior in school (eighth grade) are more likely to experience “psycho-social behavior” and struggle academically just two years later. This shows that bullying has adverse impacts on not only the child being bullied, but also the children who watch from afar. This is why it’s crucial to talk to children about what to do if they are being bullied or witness bullying. Read full article here.
Studies and statistics show that teen friendships outside the home are important to the emotional health of teens. Teens who are allowed to maintain close friendships in adolescence are reported to have higher self-worth, and lower feelings of anxiety. Parents, here are some tips on how to allow your teens to enjoy their friendships without letting go of the steering wheel. Read full article here.
The number of children diagnosed with ADHD in the United States has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Researchers believe this is due largely to an increase in access to insurance and mental health resources under the Affordable Care Act. Though some people believe the disorder to be over-diagnosed, professionals advise that this is not likely. Read full article here.