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NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS by Carol Sampson, LCSW As the parent of a high school student and a therapis...
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NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
by Carol Sampson, LCSW
As the parent of a high school student and a therapist who treats adolescents, I have been thinking a lot about the stresses students face when they near the transition from high school to college. Parents and students typically focus on the college application process. They plot timetables for standardized tests, research schools, and plan college visits. But a topic too often neglected is the emotional issue students confront when they begin planning for college. It is important for parents to understand the emotional demands their teens face so that they can help ease the stress of the years preceding college.
There is no doubt that many high school students are frazzled. Fully aware of today’s intense competition for entry to colleges, many are up until midnight completing homework. Their days are crammed with afterschool activities -- sports, theater, SAT tutors, volunteerism -- and jobs. Many can...
It’s a sad day in America when we need a study to tell us that yelling at teenagers to discipline them makes them more depressed and their bad behavior worse. Teenagers themselves would have told us the same thing, for a lot less money.
Most parents yell at their kids because they’re frustrated, not because they think it’s a desirable way to communicate. Often they’re feeling helpless to get through to their adolescent son or daughter, to affect their teen. It’s a strange and sad feeling, especially when the choices you see your teen making are lousy ones. The study also found that the effects of screaming at one’s teenagers were comparable to the effects on kids of physical punishment. That’s major, but it shouldn’t surprise us. Screaming, not unlike hitting or slapping, is a violation of the most fundamental assurance kids rely upon and need from their parents: I cherish you and will take care of you and never do anything to hurt you....
“Julia is so sensitive I can’t say anything to her without it causing a big blow-up!” exclaimed Julia’s mom. “How am I supposed to raise this kid? I’ve got to be able to talk with her—she’s only fifteen!!”
Julia’s mother had a good point. She did need to be able to “parent” her daughter without worrying what the fallout would be. Julia was typical of many teenagers who feel entitled to impose their moods and frustrations on others simply because they feel, well, moody and frustrated. Kids who’ve not learned to regulate their emotions, or who don’t care to, grasp pretty quickly that they can exploit their parents’ wishes to avoid a bigger, louder problem. In turn, their parents, feeling a need to calculate the “cost” of speaking out, become a little tentative or self-conscious about addressing their teen’s behavior or attitude. The teen, now picking up on his or her paren...
Parenting is Climate Control Blog posted September 21, 2013
Summer is almost over and the school year has already begun. Most days, outside temperatures are becoming manageable as the summer heat retreats to the middle of the day. As I reach for the thermostat in my house, I am reminded of Dr. Gary Landreth’s analogy of parents choosing to play the role of thermostats rather than thermometers in the family. ￼
As a parent of school-aged children, the new school year has ushered in a different level of activity in our household that requires a time of adjustment for all. So as outside temperatures become more manageable, inside the house, the heat is on! The rapid pace of school days, new departure times and morning routines for different children, a new schedule of after school activities, parental and professional commitments — all inevitably collide until we find a rhythm for the medium term, until next June. Meanwhile, I hear myself saying ‘hurry up!” and ...
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME?
In November of 2005, I left the United States and moved to London. I can still remember the site of my house in Massachusetts getting smaller and smaller out the back of the taxi window on that early chilly morning. Although I had been excited and motivated to move, I suddenly had a feeling of dizziness. As we were driving away from my Massachusetts ‘home’, another part of me was seemingly still inside that yellow house, struggling to catch up with the changes my body was making. It was as if ‘me’, or aspects of ‘me’ were still in that house, resisting the change and clinging to memories of my ‘home’. What was to happen to the ‘me’ that planted a Rhododendron bush near the drive on my fifth wedding anniversary? Would I ever have another dining room painted a deep red colour that echoed with hours and hours of friends, dinners and conversatio...
Many factors shape early brain development. Food and nutrition, genetics, daily experiences, parenting, physical activity and love all are important components.
Studies show that test scores increase 20 percent when your child’s brain is nurtured. It is a growing organ that changes every minute. A brain is capable of remarkable changes up to the age of 25, when it is said that a person is capable of making concrete decisions.
By maximizing the brain’s functioning, intelligence is highly predisposed in everyday activities.
So how do you help this along?
Some ways you can help nurture your child’s brain include:
A healthy diet. Three meals a day, complete with proteins and complex carbohydrates for mental energy, are essential. Don’t forget the foods with antioxidants to help improve memory! Try to avoid processed foods and foods with high sugar content.
Start the day off with a good breakfast. Eggs and nuts are great for memory and brain development.Sneak i...
5 Things to Think about When Considering Divorce
By Nancy Fagan, www.Dyvorce.com
Considering leaving your spouse? You need a solid exit plan. Pre-divorce-planning involves carefully planning out often-overlooked aspects of your life before you announce you’re leaving. In 85 percent of divorces, it is the wife who initiates the divorce. Whether man or woman, if you are in this situation, starting a plan of action now is absolutely necessary. Just because your wife/husband wants everything, including the children, it does not necessarily mean that’s what has to happen. Learn how to get a fair settlement by playing smart and doing certain things that will help your situation tremendously.
Divorce planning is needed for both men and women. With that said, if you’re a woman, preparing in advance is even more important. In fact, most women are in a worse place financially after it’s all said and done. With this said, you don’t have to become a statistic. You have ...
Adoption defined in freedictionary.com is a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relationship between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit). For the purposes of this article, the underlying assumption includes no biological relationship with the adoptee. This author recognizes kinship adoptions but this article is specific to adoptee living in non biological families.
The sound of this definition is appropriate, legal, and simple. A child born to another family becomes legally bound through the adoption agreement to a family with whom there is no DNA or shared blood type. What you may find interesting is how adoption began.
The practice of adoption can be traced to ancient laws and the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi. Adoption functioned as a means to continue the family line. Even historically, the interest of the adoptive family superseded that of the a...
August 13, 2013
A tear slowly rolled down my cheek as we stood in the airport, at the interface between insecurity and the security zone. The point at which goodbyes are said. The awkward transition between the known and the unknown. Hundreds of people around me were saying goodbye to family...to friends...to business colleagues. I stood awkwardly with my hands in my pockets watching my sixteen year old daughter holding her two year old brother tightly, asking for yet another kiss. The final kiss before daughter put down brother and walked through the security line towards the plane that would take her to South America...to Chile. To a long way away.
She was embarking on an exchange program for one year. She was leaving behind everything she knew, everyone she loved. Off the edge of her earth. She was all smiles...her eyes were brilliantly blue warm orbs of hope. In these eyes, I saw the courage of a young person...undaunted. She looked at me one last time and gave me a hug. He...
Many people are unaware of the fact that once an adolescent girl hits puberty, her risk of depression is double that of her male classmates (Gary Ginter). This is important information to know, so parents, teachers, school counselors and youth leaders can be on the lookout for some of the tell-tale signs of depression. These symptoms include frequent sadness or crying, feelings of worthlessness & hopelessness, low self-esteem, fatigue, apathy, changes in appetite, loss of pleasure in life, and difficulty concentrating. For adolescents in particular, some additional signs to look out for include: a sudden drop in grades, uncharacteristic irritability, and moodiness. Depressed teenage girls commonly act out with self-harm, including cutting or burning their skin. Additionally, depressed young people are twice as likely to have a substance abuse problem than other adolescents (James Matta). Therefore, if a problem abusing substances exists, it is imperative to also check for signs of ...
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