Archive | Teens

“Spring Cleaning” for Recovery: What to do about summer?

As March turns to April in New England, one day we are watching the news anticipating a blizzard, and the next, the birds are chirping and the Red Sox start playing at Fenway Park. This seasonal change happens fast! Just as suddenly, summer will be here. Students look forward to their summer breaks, families prepare […]

The Burden of Academic Success

Today, according to the American Psychological Association, eighty-three percent of teens believe that academic success is a somewhat or significant source of stress. In fact, fifty-four percent of teens feel impacts of stress on their physical health. In the same way that the media portrays unrealistic beauty standards, our society’s overwhelming emphasis on attending schools […]

10 Tips to Deal With Academic Stress, From One Student to Another

1. To Do Lists Outline the set of tasks that you have to complete. Once you can visualize what you have to do, you won’t be daunted by your assignments. 2. Budget Your Time Plan out your day, minute-by-minute. With this schedule, you will have the confidence and tools to complete all your tasks. 3. […]

Teens and Screens: 7 Untraditional Tips to Get Out from Behind Electronics

It is no news flash that the amount of time children and teens today spend in front of screens far surpasses that of previous generations. In fact, a variety of research and public polling proves that upwards of 50% of young people suffer from what is called a ‘phone addiction.’ According to a poll conducted […]

Mental Illness and the Arts

According to a 2004 press release by “The Public Agenda,” 54% of young people in the US would choose sports over all other extra-curricular activities while only 36% would choose visual or performing arts. In the decade since, the percentage of young athletes has risen while simultaneously numbers of young artists plummeted. At my own […]

Selfie Overload

selfie |ˈselfē| (also selfy) noun (pl.selfies) informal a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary.   I’m sure you’ve read at least one of the countless articles branding […]

Should Schools Keep SADD?

Over the past 35 years, hundreds of thousands of US and international high schools have established SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club chapters. Created in 1981 by Robert Anastas as “Students Against Drunk Driving”, SADD originally intended to inspire students to stop driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and consequentially reduce the high […]

College Admissions Decisions Ties with Students Sense of Self-Worth

To a college-bound high school senior there is no set of words more ominous than “To view your decision update click here.” In fact, seeing those words appear after refreshing the page 500 times likely sends a more intense tremor of fear down a teenager’s spine than they’ve ever previously experienced. But why is this […]

Screens, Distractibility & ADHD

“Children surrounded by fast-paced visual stimuli (TV, videos, computer games) at the expense of face-to-face adult modeling, interactive language, reflective problem- solving, creative play, and sustained attention may be expected to arrive at school unprepared for academic learning—and to fall farther behind and become increasingly “unmotivated” as the years go by.”
― Jane M. Healy, Endangered […]

Is My Child Ready For College?

Every year at this time high school seniors await news from college admissions departments. Parents are almost as worried as their children after the months, sometimes years, of college preparatory activities. Focusing on the academic demands and extracurricular activities that appeal to college admission departments may cause parents to avoid looking at their child’s readiness to navigate […]