Replacing Detention & Time-Out with Meditation

Replacing Detention & Time-Out with Meditation

A new strategy at the Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland appears to be working. Since the beginning of last year, the school hasn’t had to suspend a single student since they began focusing on meditation as a new way to serve detention. Whenever a child misbehaves, they get sent to the ‘Mindful Moment Room’. Another benefit they noticed is an increase in attendance rates.

Learning to Be Grateful Throughout the Year

Learning to Be Grateful Throughout the Year

After a near-death experience while driving, Brian Doyle started thinking about the last words that he said to his parents and his friends. He also started to contemplate all the things that he didn’t say to them. As he explained it, we assume that the people in our lives know how important they are to us, but in reality, many people don’t know. Unfortunately, the majority of the time, we never actually tell them.

Tips for Keeping Teens Safe on Halloween

Tips for Keeping Teens Safe on Halloween

Over the past few decades, Halloween has become infamous for teenage pranks and misbehavior. Sit down with your teen and remind them about your rules as well as laws. Sometimes illegal activities take place on Halloween in graveyards including drinking, drugs, grave digging and vandalism. Talk to them about the dangers of being involved with illegal activities and pranks so hopefully they’ll make wiser decisions.

Keeping Teens Safe by Empowering Them to Learn to Manage Risk

Keeping Teens Safe by Empowering Them to Learn to Manage Risk

We’re all guilty of it. Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs because we need to keep our kids safe. Sure, there’s part of us that knows that our baby is no longer our baby. We’ve raised strong, independent and intelligent (at least most of the time) young adults. BUT, we still want to protect them. It’s in our nature.

We know that the online world is a scary place, full of trolls, sex traffickers, and bullies. Some of us are tempted to install monitoring software on their devices. Other parents may manually go through their teen’s devices and look at texts, private messages and websites browsed. But at what point, do we stop eavesdropping and start trusting our teen?

Identifying Internet Trolls & Their Characteristics

Identifying Internet Trolls & Their Characteristics

Once an Internet troll picks their target they will spread accusations and will ruin the reputation of their target. In some cases, their actions have been so damaging, they’ve even caused suicide.

Trolls are motivated by a need for attention and get their high by inflicting pain on others.

According to an article on Big Think, two Australian researches conducted a study in order to describe the personality profile of the average internet troll.

A Teen's First Job and Paving Their Own Path

A Teen's First Job and Paving Their Own Path

When it comes to teenagers, most just focus on getting through the school day, rather than dreaming up goals and taking the steps to achieve them. For those who are creating goals, they are typically pretty short termed. Perhaps it’s saving up for a car or a trip for spring break with your friends. Many teens are also starting to narrow down their choices of where they’d like to go to college, even though many are unsure what they’d like to major in.