Body Image and Social Media


Social media, as with other technologies, has pros and cons. Although we live in a world where we can connect with friends, relatives, and complete strangers, we live in a time where we are always comparing ourselves to others. We compare ourselves so much so it is causing significant psychological effects.

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Cyber-bullying


Have you ever stumbled across websites that allow you to leave anonymous messages and feedback for other people? If you haven’t, that’s probably for the best. As a student or young person, you may have used or seen a peer using websites for this purpose.

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Peer Pressure


If you’ve chosen to read this, then I know this is a topic you find concerning. And, as a parent, you are concerned with the types of peer pressure your child may encounter as they mature. At the end of this blog, I’ve linked a quiz that will allow you to interact with your child and then discuss the results.Peer pressure is simply defined as the social influence over an individual. Young people are more susceptible to the influence of others, especially during their teenage years.

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Helicopter Parenting


It’s clear that we live in a competitive world. When you look around and listen to college graduates struggling to find lucrative jobs, it becomes even more clear. As a parent, I know this brings stress. The days of a 4.0 GPA and a great score on the SAT being enough are ending. So, I understand the appeal of wanting to be involved and micromanage your child’s life and education.But, would you classify yourself as a helicopter parent?

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Conflict Management


As children grow older, and we adults know this to be true, they are faced with many challenges. One of these challenges is dealing with conflict. Conflict can manifest in many forms. It can be a disagreement with parents, a fight with siblings, a misunderstanding among friends, or an altercation with strangers. And, thanks to the power of social media, conflicts are common on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.

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Executive Dysfunction


Most kids have trouble self-motivating from time to time, and many also have trouble finishing tasks that they start. However, sometimes what looks like “laziness” or reluctance to work may actually be a problem called executive dysfunction.According to the National Institutes of Health, executive functions are “a family of top-down mental processes needed when you have to concentrate and pay attention.”

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Cyber-bullying: Where do We Draw the Line?


Have you ever stumbled across websites that allow you to leave anonymous messages and feedback for other people? If you haven’t, that’s probably for the best. As a student or young person, you may have used or seen a peer using websites for this purpose. We will not name these websites because we do not want to promote their platform in any way; we do not condone their usage.

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Should My Teen Be on Social Media?


When is the last time you took a bus, plane, sat or stood next to someone while waiting and struck up a conversation? How often do you see people getting lost in their mobile devices, shutting out the outside world. It seems everywhere you look, there are countless people addicted to their devices.Teens seem exceptionally vulnerable to the lure of mobile devices and especially social media.

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Too Old For Bedtime Stories? Why Research Says You Should Read Aloud Longer


When kids are young, it’s easy to make reading aloud a part of their daily routine. We let them pick a picture book, read it through once, kiss them on the forehead and call it a day. However, all too often we let this ritual go as they begin to read to themselves.If your child is between the ages of 6 and 12, ask them to read a couple of paragraphs out loud to you.

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Parent – Teacher Conference Tips


Email Notification:Mrs Smith,I hope this email finds you and your family doing well. I’m reaching out today to see if we can schedule a conference about Johnny. I feel this conversation will be better handled in person instead of through an email.Sincerely,Mrs. Jones4th Grade TeacherSome School, USAParent/teacher conferences are typically uncomfortable, stressful, and filled with uncertainty.

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