Anxiety is a way we humans have evolved to protect ourselves.
In threatening situations, our brains release of a string of responses that result in rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, hyperventilating, and intense fear – all geared to prepare us for danger. This is the foundation for appropriate and adaptive anxiety.
Ask your children or the young people in your life:
“What is a home?”
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
How do their answers compare to the children in this video?
No matter their background, no matter where they live, all child
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At the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, we think a lot about helping kids as they’re growing up with all sorts of challenges.
Hazing isn’t something on the minds of most parents as they send their kids off to college, hoping they’ll find satisfying social experiences.
Here’s a weird fact.
Until about six or seven years ago, the term “bullying” was pretty much absent from everyday use. In fact, six or seven years ago, if you had asked someone to define “bullying,” they’d probably tell you that the word itself was both old and old-fashioned.
Many families are growing more concerned about suicide, especially among young people. Yet, suicide is often preventable when family members, friends, and communities learn how to recognize warning signs and connect those who are struggling with help.
What is bullying?
Most of us have a sense of what it is, but there actually isn’t a clear definition of bullying.
“You don’t understand, Mom!” I said. “They were making fun of him! They were imitating his speech and laughing!”
My mom shrugged. It would take more than a couple of small-town high school punks to get her attention.
Think about these questions:
Where do people learn that it is OK to call someone fat?
Where do kids learn that calling someone fat is tacitly acceptable bullying?
Can you think of another health condition for which kids are so easily ridiculed?
Somehow, being overweight creates open season for merciless reprimands.
Most school age kids are eager to head back to school. Sure, they’ll miss their summer vacation, but the prospect of moving up a grade, seeing friends again, and even having a new teacher is really exciting.
Yet, for a few kids and their parents it’s kind of a nightmare.
Here are a few stories from years of experience.