Articles containing: bullying

The Emotional Toll of Childhood Obesity

September 19, 2017


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.

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Back to School: A Joy for Most, A Nightmare for Others

September 8, 2017


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 or a few kids and their parents it’s kind of a nightmare.

Here are a few stories from years of experience.

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What Do I Do If My Child Is Bullied?

August 15, 2017


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.

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“Reasons” To Keep The Conversations Going

May 4, 2017


Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and one mental health topic that’s been on the mind of many parents, caregivers, clinicians, and educators lately is the Netflix TV series, 13 Reasons Why.

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The Impact Of LGBT-Related Bullying On Emerging Adults

March 27, 2017


As we recognize National LGBT Health Week here at The Clay Center, we hope the information we share will be both informative and useful. For more information on helping to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, please visit the National Coalition for LGBT Health website.

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The Lake Wales High School Keystone Project: A New Student-Faculty Design For A School Community

February 2, 2017


Note from Gene – February 2017

I wrote this post over a year ago, reflecting on a powerful, ongoing relationship I’ve had with the community at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida – with high school principal, Donna Dunson, and the students and faculty there.

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Muslim Children: Addressing Prejudice And Xenophobia

April 12, 2016


If you turn on the news these days, it’s a flood of Donald ‘Trumpisms’: Trump said this, Trump said that…

As an adult Muslim, I find it disconcerting, and at times, downright frightening, to hear xenophobic statements about keeping Muslims out of the country.

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The Impact Of Reality TV On Our Teens: What Can Parents Do?

August 11, 2014


Research has shown that reality TV has an impact on the values of young girls and how they view real-life situations. That being the case, it’s important to take a look at some of the standards portrayed on reality TV.

Kim Kardashian was preparing to have her baby.

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Kids At Risk For Violence: Warning Signs Of Aggression

October 23, 2013

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Some kids will become violent as adolescents.

Many have a very short fuse, exploding over the smallest thing. Others, like a ticking time bomb, harbor pent up anger until something pops.

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My Child Is Being Bullied Because Of Religion

September 23, 2013

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There is a saying with regard to prejudice and human behavior.  It’s a shrinky phrase (by that, I mean that it’s loaded with jargon), so I’m going to tell you it first, and then we’ll translate it through, sadly, an increasingly common example.

Here’s the phrase:

“The narcissism of small differences.

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