Strong Girls:Strong Parents

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Strong Girls, Strong parents: A Guide to Raising Teenage Girls in a New Era
„Your teenage daughter hasn’t lost her mind and neither have you”. So says Strong Girls, Strong Parents: A Guide to Raising Teenage Girls in a New Era, a handbook written by a clinician with more than fifteen years of experience in helping teens and their parents to develop a healthier way of communicating.

Excerpt from Monica Dominirska’s review in Satprn news. Read more.

Cookbook speaks volumes for autistic teen’s many accomplishments

Chase Bailey prepares his "Sweet French Breakfast," featured in his new cookbook. | Jessica Nicosia-Nadler Photo

It’s the endearing smile that first captivates you. It’s followed quickly by an equally engaging and easygoing on-camera presence, smart conversation peppered with plenty of humor, and a professionalism that belies the age of this young YouTube star.

But that’s only scratching the surface of Chase Bailey, a California wunderkind whose been inspiring children and adults for the past two years via his cooking show channel on YouTube, his website and  his latest venture, “The Official Chase ‘N Yur Face Cookbook,” which features 75 original recipes as well as anecdotes and culinary tips/fun facts. (The book is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble; a portion of the proceeds from the book’s sale will benefit Bailey’s Chase Yur Dreams Foundation.)

(Excerpt from Miriam Di Nunzio’s article in Entertainment- read more)

Serious Side Effect of Poor Sleep Quality among Teens Revealed

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The effects of sleep deprivation on teenagers has been widely studied, and new research published in Physiology and Behavior adds to the mountain of evidence that indicates Americans are not taking sleep issues among teenagers seriously enough. Seven out of 10 American teens are sleep deprived. Not getting enough high-quality sleep has been shown to cause poor physical health and lower cognitive functioning.

The newest research shows that not getting enough sleep can also make teenagers more reactive to stress. What if the explosive, dramatic responses to stress from teenagers could be curbed? What if it wasn’t just the age and stage of development that caused teenagers to be so reactive, but rather the unhealthy expectations of trying to perform well with inadequate sleep?

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2714026/serious-side-effect-of-poor-sleep-quality-among-teens-revealed/#ugxR3ITm8jMykDt6.99

Stress Management for Teens in Davis

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Recently I gave a talk on Stress Management for Teens at Davis High School for about a hundred students and parents. I went over sources of stress for teens and how it affects their bodies, moods and behaviors. We looked at different kinds of stress: the routine kind – unavoidable and normal responsibilities; stress from change – moving, family illnesses, breakups with boy or girlfriends, social stress, family stress – like chronic arguing and divorce; and finally, traumatic stress – a death in the family, experiencing or witnessing domestic violence, a major accident, physical or sexual abuse, assault or natural disasters.

Excerpt from David Hafter’s Article in the Davis Vanguard- Read more

Confronting challenges of teen mental health, stress, suicide

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As in Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, many parents in the heart of Silicon Valley see their children as all above average, well above average. Those parents’ incomes, educational levels and aspirations for their children are also well above average.

On Monday night, more than 350 people gathered at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton to hear a panel talk about concerns affecting those above-average children: their mental health, the stress they are under, and what can be done to improve the former, relieve the latter, and ultimately, combat teen suicides.

Excerpt from Barbara Woods’ article in The Almanac– Read more

Teen Mom Sharing Story To Help Others Overcome Challenges

Tomasa Villaronga looks radiant in her green dress and flowing graduation gown, her hair in perfect curls, her smile quick and wide, her parents and 10-year-old son beaming at her.

TOMASA VILLARONGA recently earned her master’s degree in professional counseling. But since getting pregnant her sophomore year of high school, Villaronga has struggled at times with despair, drinking, loneliness, abusive relationships, medical scares — with a darkness she sometimes felt trapped in, despite the promise she’d made to her unborn son: “I will become the mother you deserve.”

Overcoming Loneliness and Shyness

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Are you lonely, but unsure of how to connect with others? Do you feel uncomfortable or anxious in social situations? It may feel like you’re the only one, but the truth is that lots of people struggle with shyness and social insecurity. You may think that you’re doomed to a life of awkward social encounters, but you can learn how to be more confident and secure in your interactions with others. You don’t have to change your personality. It’s simply a matter of learning new skills and adopting a different outlook.

Excerpt from Melinda Smith and Jeanne Segal’s article in HelpGuide.org. Read the whole article here.