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  • 14 August 2019 3:32 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    This is a time to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

    Kids at this stage have an interesting mix of developing intellectual capacity, jumbled emotions, purposeful passions. Some have an interest in changing the world but face the challenges of a sometimes complicated social life. Others seem to be strong in their stand for change and action. I think about Greta Thunberg, the 15 year old young Swedish activist seeking action on climate change. Now, we may differ in opinion about how these youngsters go about advocating for change, but they do have a point.

    I digress ... With all their enthusiasm and 'raring to go' instinct this is the time to stand beside them to help build their character and confidence. Remember, they are watching you and your reaction / actions t a changing world You are their role model.

    In 'How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character' you will find a few helpful tips:

    1. Keep the lines of communication open
    2. Maintain an attitude of curiosity
    3. Coach through interference (this is a good one to read)
  • 14 August 2019 3:30 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    I read an interesting post on The Tech Edvocate that outlined 5 ways technology is making students anxious. This is a snip from the post - 'Psychological well-being as measured by self-esteem, life satisfaction, and happiness suddenly decreased amongst students after 2012. This decrease in psychological well-being and increase in anxiety levels are linked to the advent of smartphone technology and screen time.'

    Technology is making our kids unhappy, but why? In short summary, here is the 5 ways...

    1. Technology insulates us from small uncertainties, leaving us vulnerable to real-life situations.
    2. Technology allows us to avoid people (and the negative emotions that go with people).
    3. On-screen communication is not the same as face-to-face communication.
    4. Social media is judgment in public.
    5. The 'compare and despair' trap.

    I'm sure we could add extras to this list ... like cyberbullying.

    Check out the post '5 Ways Technology is Making Students Anxious'.

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