Communication

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

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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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

“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

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

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

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 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

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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Don’t cry, run: Exercise can help bullied teens

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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