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Parents’ response to failure dictates a child’s self-perception

May 25, 2016   0 Comments

Consider the reactions of two parents whose son has come home with a bad grade: The permissive mother simply shrugs her shoulders, accepting that he’s just not the best student, while the authoritarian father criticizes the boy’s performance, expecting only perfection. While these reactions may exist on opposite sides of the parenting spectrum, both can
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Raising honest children

March 1, 2016   0 Comments

Raising children is not easy. Parents try to raise children who will become successful, caring individuals and who will take care of people and the earth. Lying, cheating, stealing and other dishonest behaviors should not be tolerated in children or even adults for that matter, unless you are quoting Will Smith in the famous movie
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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

February 26, 2016   0 Comments

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s
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Smartphone addiction among teens linked to controlling parents

February 11, 2016   0 Comments

Adolescent smartphone addiction is a growing problem worldwide. Many teens in Asian countries have smartphones and Internet addiction is common. Smartphones offer the ability to call, send text messages, and use the Internet while on the go, and have changed the way people communicate worldwide. Smartphones have advantages and disadvantages, some of which are unique
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Students with influence over peers can reduce bullying, study shows

February 1, 2016   0 Comments

The power of peer influence and social context (e.g., home, school, etc.) are important determinants of youth behaviors that are emphasized in a positive peer culture. Peers with social influence can reduce bullying and conflict behaviors among peers, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The
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Handling a custody battle mindfully

January 26, 2016   0 Comments

Life happens. Sometimes life includes divorce. Although the old adage about 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce is no longer accurate, divorces still happen for a variety of reasons, from the simple to the profound. Apart from the obvious acrimony in any failed relationship, divorces often require lengthy settlements where property and finances are
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Behavior and communications powerful tools against teen substance abuse

January 7, 2016   0 Comments

January isn’t just the start of the year for some kids. For high school seniors, it’s the first glimpse of the end, a stroll down high school’s home stretch. It’s an opportunity – or a temptation – for kids to coast a little, to party and hang loose, which is fine; socializing is normal and
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Philanthropic mindset: Nonprofits help with workplace image

November 4, 2015   0 Comments

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, appearances matter — especially when it comes to interviewing for a new job. For individuals who don’t have enough money to buy workplace appropriate clothing, this emphasis on formality can be a severe roadblock. After all, it’s hard to find the money to buy nice clothing without
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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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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...

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