In follow up to our article on ‘What is social competence in teens? Why is it important?’, we thought it would be important to delve into the practical matter of being able to teach social competence to teens. It’s one thing to know you need it, it’s another to learn how to get it. If your child’s ability to make friends has become a concern, it may be wise not to ignore your ‘gut’ when it comes to teaching social skills, or encouraging them in your child. In our last article on this topic … [Read more...]
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When kids reach their preteens or teenage years, as a parent, you may wonder how they are handling their new life circumstances. Are they making friends? Are they overwhelmed by school? What is their social life like? Social competence in teens is an important issue. For those whose kids may be shy, or reluctant to make new friends, the fear of rejection and bullying may be ever more present. But for the so-called ‘popular’ kids, what makes them so? Is it really their clothes and looks? … [Read more...]
Reading, and knowing what you’re reading can be two different things. According to this exposing article, ACT examination results (used in the USA for college entry) are revealing that many high school students are not equipped for university-level coursework when it comes to reading comprehension skills of “complex texts.” The answer to this problem may be in what is referred to as ‘slow reading.’ That is, taking the time to read without the Internet’s presence, without distractions … [Read more...]
From the ‘90s and 2000s we remember the ‘just say no’ campaigns against drugs. Whether they worked or not, at that time, addiction was a fear, and rightly so; drugs could ruin promising lives. Today, however, we’re dealing with a more serious issue, layering on top of our fears of addiction. Fentanyl is being found in modern forms of common street drugs like heroin and cocaine because it’s cheap to synthesize. It’s also deceiving people into thinking it’s a less harmful choice because it’s … [Read more...]
See related on our blog: Parents beware: prescription drugs are being sold at school When today’s generations of parents were in high school, peer pressure was surrounded by messages of ‘don’t do drugs’ and ‘don’t smoke.’ In today’s 'technified' world, however, our kids are faced with deceiving tactics to get them hooked on nicotine (or so the possibility is out there). The danger today comes in the form of e-cigarettes (which is only one name for these devices). And, alarmingly, their … [Read more...]
We’ve written about STEM education, and its evolution into STEAM as of late (that is, combining science, technology, engineering and math with the arts). These subjects lend themselves to a trending topic called the Maker education movement. In this article, we’ll answer the question of what the Maker education movement is, and how it can help enhance your child’s education, especially in light of the STEM and STEAM curriculums being advocated for. What is Maker education, and why does it … [Read more...]