You Should Know

family narrative

family narrative

Research shows that the more children know about their family history the better they feel about their own lives. Stories need to be age appropriate, of course, but should include both the good and the bad. When kids learn they belong to something bigger than themselves, they become less self-focused. At the same time, they develop self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and resilience through their “intergenerational identity.” So, the next time you hear, “One more story!” at bedtime, put down the storybook and tell one of your own. Remember, it’s the sharing that’s important, not the specific facts. Not sure where to start? Look up researchers Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush’s original “Do You Know?” 20 Questions scale.

Is it Sleep Apnea?

Is it Sleep Apnea?

The symptoms of sleep breathing disorders are different in adults than they are in children. Some of the symptoms include behavioral changes; adults will exhibit characteristics of sleepiness, whereas children reflect hyperactivity. Unfortunately, many children are following an ADHD treatment pathway, instead of a sleep-breathing disorder treatment pathway. If the child has Sleep Apnea but is treated for ADHD, then they will not only experience the ill effects of misdiagnoses – often involving prescription medication, but the Sleep Apnea worsens because the underlying cause is left unaddressed.

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Be Silent

Be Silent

Wish your teen would talk to you more? Then shush and listen! If you can resist the urge to interrupt (even if you think you’re being helpful), you might be surprised by what comes out of your kid’s mouth. It’s normal to want to offer advice or voice an opinion, but don’t - unless you want them to stop talking. Instead, just listen. Now if they ask for advice, that’s different. Even then, let them finish talking first and go easy on the lectures.

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casual friday

casual friday

Here’s another reason to love Casual Friday. A study by the American Council on Exercise found that on days that participants wore jeans to work, they took, on average, 491 more steps than on days they wore normal business attire. That adds up to an extra 25 calories burned just for wearing jeans. That’s not exactly a huge weight loss strategy, but you could bring it up at the next staff meeting. Casual day every day, or at least every Friday!

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Fostering purpose in our teenagers

Fostering purpose in our teenagers

Leading a life of purpose is a beneficial, but rare experience for youth today. Only about one in five high-schoolers reports having a sense of purpose. The others either feel disengaged or incredibly pressured at school. Our job as parents and educators should be to help these kids identify and start working toward purpose. Having kids talk about what matters to them (in the big picture) is a great place to start. Then we can try to help them connect to opportunities to act on their goals. Modeling our own purpose and fostering gratitude helps too. Youth who pursue a sense of purpose report being happier, more satisfied, and having better physical health.

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