By: Dr. Elizabeth Conway-Williams
As a parent, there is a helpless, sinking-in-your-stomach feeling the first time you hear your child describe a peer being hurtful. "Mama bear" feelings may bubble up along with your own playground memories of feelings of humiliation and shame. However, before we act on these protective impulses, it's best to pause to better understand the situation so that we can help our child navigate the situation in a way that is helpful in the long run.
As children and teens settle into the new school year, the exciting "honeymoon phase" may be wearing off and the real work beginning. With this, some children may start to experience difficulties. Parents and caregivers may consider the following to support children who are having difficulty adjusting:
For your child to do well in school, it’s important to help them form positive associations with school and learning, and to be supportive of their unique learning style, as there is no one size fits all approach. School starts up in a couple of weeks, so we wanted to discuss some of the things you as a parent can do, to help your child or teen do well in school this year.
Summer is coming to a close, and school will soon be back in session. This may come as a relief to you, but may prove to be quite stressful for your kids who may not be looking forward to going back. Survive the new school year with some of the tips below!
Current statistics show that at least a third of households in the United States own guns and/or have guns in the home.
While this may not be a surprising figure, it’s something to think about. There are an estimated 4.6 million children that live with unlocked, loaded guns, which poses an incredible risk to their safety, as well as your own. This is a frightening statistic, especially as gun violence is at an all-time high in the U.S. today. Kids are curious by nature, and most of them developmentally are not ready to be safe with guns or other weapons, no matter how mature they may be.