Game Theory Suggestions to Avoid Family Conflict July 18, 2016
Throughout parenting, every parent hears the exclamation, “But that’s not fair!”, every once and awhile. It’s human nature to want everything to be fair. This desire for fairness, may be rooted back to our hunter-gatherer days. Back then, those who had more during times of scarcity would share food and supplies with individuals who had less--in the hopes that they would do the same if the tables were turned. A recent New York Times article delves...
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Thread’s Message: Struggling Teens Aren’t Hopeless July 15, 2016
Struggling teens are often looked at as lost causes in school. In a recent NPR article, four men are trying to change how struggling teens are looked at in school. The four men--Chris Regan, Jordan Wagner, Eric Schiffhauer, and Jebree Christian--all live in Baltimore and derive from various backgrounds. Some are getting their Ph.D., one sells golf equipment online, and one recently graduated high school. All of them gather in a local diner every Sunday to...
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Lack of Motivation in Boys: Girls Outshine Boys in Educational Success June 23, 2016
Lack of Motivation in Boys Linked to Media Influences Throughout generations, we have internalized messages that have suggested men are smarter, better, and more capable than women in the working world. Women work extremely hard to achieve the same level of success as men. When women and men who obtain the same achievements are compared, people often still consider women to be less capable, selfish, or undesirable as co-worker. How is this standard affecting motivation in...
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Being The ‘Cool’ Parent: A Not So ‘Cool’ Parenting Style June 22, 2016
Developing Responsible Parenting Styles Could Benefit Your Teen’s Well Being Some parents base their parenting styles from their personal experiences or the way they were raised. Parenting styles vary drastically from parent to parent. Some parents are open minded and relaxed, while others choose to have stricter guidelines and expectations. Whatever parenting styles you choose, they should always be in the best interest for your teen, whether they make you the ‘cool’ parent of not. Psych...
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Parenting teens: Tips and tricks June 13, 2016
Need help parenting teens? Take a look here before you start trying to help your teen. Parenting advice and parenting systems are a dime a dozen, but how do you choose one that can make a difference? The goal behind finding any parenting system is to ensure it is evidence based. With the internet and wealth of knowledge at the fingertips of every parent it is hard to determine the information that matters, and the information...
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5 Strategies to Promote Self-Acceptance and Autism June 5, 2016
Self-Acceptance and Autism: Why is it Important? Self-acceptance and Autism are not commonly connected. Young individuals with Autism often avoid social interactions because they regularly experience social failure and rejection by their peers. Due to this, they can develop negative attitudes about themselves and others. To develop stable relationships and independence for themselves, self-acceptance is essential. My Aspergers Child discusses the importance of encouraging high self-acceptance and autism and provides 5 strategies to do so. High...
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A Different Kind of Sex Talk June 1, 2016
For many families in America, having the sex talk can be extremely uncomfortable and is often times avoided. American parents, advertisers and public-service announcements typically aim to scare teens about sex. America portrays sex to youth as dangerous, scary, and bad. While Europe portrays sex to youth as expressing love and being healthy. An article by The New York Times compares the way Europeans and Americans portray sex to youth in the sex talk. The Value...
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Teenage girls and positive body image May 20, 2016
Every day magazines paint pictures of what girls are supposed to look like.  They tell you how to lose weight, perfect that selfie face, and attract the right boy. So much of what is focused on is the physical appearance of girls and this does not always lead to positive body image. When I first left college I had a job supervising a bookstore and managing promotions for the store.  Magazines were all over the place....
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Symptoms that May Point to Needing a Mental Health Evalutation May 20, 2016
It’s hard to discern between symptoms of regular stress from school or life and unhealthy symptoms of a possible mental illness. There’s no perfect manual or list that you can go through and check off to make sure your child does or does not have a mental illness. That’s where a mental health evaluation comes in. Knowing some of the red flags of a possible mental illness can help in deciding whether your child needs a...
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Troubled Teen Parenting Advice – When is a problem really a problem? May 11, 2016
Having a troubled teen is a burden many parents will never face, but how do you tell the difference between normal teen growing pains and actual problems?  This guide will help you to navigate the real issues versus the normal teen behavior as they mature into adulthood. Is their negative behavior affecting the family dynamic- If negative behaviors is creating new fights between parents or siblings there is a great chance that this is going to...
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