You don’t need me to tell you that there has been a somber and disturbing recurring theme in the news lately, with the most recent well-known murder being the live killing of two journalists on camera in Roanoke, VA. This follows a number of high profile killings this year and follows a dark history that traces back through shootings in movie theatres, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Columbine High School. Some will say that this is not a teen-specific issue – and it’s not – but when we acknowledge that the top three causes of death in 15-24 year olds are accidents, homicides, and suicides and that firearm-related deaths cause more than 20 percent of deaths in this age group based on 2013 data, the relevance to adolescent health cannot be denied.
“My child is having problems learning in school. Is there something wrong with his eyes?” This is a very common question asked by parents and teachers alike when children seem to be struggling to learn at their grade level. Learning disabilities – including reading disabilities – are most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Perhaps as many as 2.6 million children are affected.
If you haven’t seen this video, take a minute to watch it prior to reading the rest of this post.
All done? Good.
The official end of summer is usually celebrated on Labor Day or the first day of school. But for some people, the start of fall is signaled by an itch in the throat and a stuffy nose. The change of seasons can be miserable for kids (and parents) who suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever.
It turns out psychologists may have gotten it wrong. Over the years, there has been a tremendous emphasis in our society on building kids’ self-esteem. Psychologists now think we should be teaching children how to develop self-compassion instead.