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After school special: There are no shortcuts

October 23, 2015   0 Comments

The struggle to be the next best thing in any domain, sits on the shoulders of most teens. At one time or another, the dream of being the best pushes people to try. The desire to win and achieve greatness is so powerful, that many teens and adults will search for any and all shortcuts
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Enter the zones: New app teaches emotion regulation

October 21, 2015   0 Comments

From a young age, children only have one tool to articulate how they feel: crying. Until they advance to words, crying is the only way to express hunger, thirst, joy, sadness, fatigue, anger, fear and disgust. As children grow up, they learn and mimic smiling, laughing, frowning and many more forms of expression. Yet, many
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After school special: Encourage extracurricular activities

October 20, 2015   0 Comments

The sun is out, the bell has rung, the backpack weighs at least 20 pounds as David files out of the school for the day. Upon getting home, backpack is on the floor, shoes are off, snacks are gathered, remote is located and David is set to relax for an hour or two in front
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With friends like these: Toxic relationships

October 19, 2015   0 Comments

Most children grow up hearing the phrase from their parent’s mouths, “I hope you aren’t hanging with the wrong crowd,” or, “That boy is not a good person to hang out with.”  The worry on most parents’ minds is toward one child being a bad influence on their child, but there is another type of
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Don’t cry, run: Exercise can help bullied teens

October 19, 2015   0 Comments

Bullying has continued to evolve and branched out into cyberspace, while children continue to be tormented by others at school; outcast by students. In 2011 alone, stopbullying.gov reported 28 percent of U.S. students in grade six through 12 experienced bullying. Fortunately, there may be a new way to help children deal with the effects of
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Building a community of support after substance abuse treatment

October 16, 2015   0 Comments

Billy Crystal once said, “Kids need a happy household. They need to be loved and supported in their dreams. And I don’t think you can make your kids’ dreams your own. They need you to support them in their dreams.” No matter what the age, people will always need support in the place they call
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After school special: How substance abuse hacks the brain

October 14, 2015   0 Comments

In the mind of a worried parent, the child faces a plethora of traps to succumb to substance abuse with drugs and alcohol. Not just at or after school, teenagers can fall to peer pressure, advertisements from media and un-informed curiosity. Parents and teenagers need to be educated on the powerful effects of substance abuse
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Mental health for students far from home: Jamais vu with culture shock

October 13, 2015   0 Comments

The excitement of traveling abroad for vacation can be surreal, but the experience can be different for students who study abroad. In a new city, at a new school, with new friends and an entirely different culture, students may face sudden and daunting culture shock. Science of culture shock Studying abroad for many students is
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Give a little love: The need for compassion

October 12, 2015   0 Comments

Theodore Roosevelt once wisely stated that, “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” This quote rings true in today’s society as bullying is a prime example of cruelty. Compassion is an important quality and solution in helping students deal with cruelty and bullying. Compassion in schools The National Center for Education
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Mental health for students far from home: Keeping mentally healthy far away

October 12, 2015   0 Comments

Dad: I know you’ve been at school a few months now, how goes it? David: It’s fine, I guess; just nerve-wracking. School is just so tough right now. Dad: You shouldn’t worry about it, okay? The real world is much more difficult and you can’t handle college? David: Okay, I guess so. Word of advice…
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...