Whether they’re worried about starting a new school or making the team, kids of every age experience varying degrees of stress.
At one time or another, we’ve all felt like the odd man (or woman) out. Exclusionary groups, commonly referred to as cliques, usually start to form during the middle school years for girls and a couple of years later for boys. As a parent, what can you do when your child is excluded? Is it appropriate to intervene?
Silver Linings Playbook, a contender for Best Picture at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, focuses on Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), a former teacher with bipolar disorder who comes home to live with his parents after being released from a mental health facility. Among the movie’s many fans is Dr. Laura Rocker, a pediatric psychiatrist at Akron Children’s Hospital.
A YouTube search for “self-injury” returns 50 pages of results. And while some of these videos are educational, hundreds depict disturbingly graphic images of people injuring themselves, typically by cutting. This alarming trend is the focus of a study published in the March journal of Pediatrics. The study found that YouTube videos of self-injury are growing in […]
As a parent of a working teen, I pay close attention to studies that investigate the academic and social impact of teens who hold down jobs. The most recent study, published in Child Development*, found that teens who work more than 20 hours a week while in high school are at higher risk for academic […]
We all know that exercise and physical activity are good for us. But, besides the physical benefits, did you know that it also can help decrease anxiety and improve our mood? And for kids, there’s an even smarter benefit. Exercise gives them a mental boost that lasts well into their later years. In the video […]