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Ten Ways to Inspire Happiness in Your Child | Enabled Kids. According to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), about 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. The risk for depression rises as a child gets older. The World Health Organization even announced that major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 to 44.

How would you be able to tell if your child’s changes in mood are transient or whether they are symptoms of an impending depression? Instead of having wishful thinking that your child would not get depression, why not be proactive in encouraging happiness in your child as you are taking care of him/her today? We’ve compiled a list of the top ten ways to inspire happiness in your child. 1. There is nothing better than a good round of fun exercising or games that get you sweating and panting for breath. 2.

Variety spices things up. 3. Celebrate often with your child by playing his/her favorite music! 4. 5. 6. 7. Comparison is deadly. 8. 9. 10. TACSEI. Skip to Main Content What do you want to do? What do you want to explore? Communities to Visit... Helpful Links Skip to: Social Emotional Development Challenging Behaviors Finance Early Childhood/Intervention CCTA Network Children's Health Children's Mental Health Improving Outcomes Family Support/Parenting National Resources Collaborators Natural Disaster Resources All of the links featured on this page will take you to websites outside of TACSEI.

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“Middle school is a safe time to let your child fail.” And yes, of course, I agree. Aidan is no longer in elementary school after all, and he is not far from high school. Better to fail and learn from it now rather than later. And yet, on many a night, I still sit with my sensitive, hard-working son who deeply wants to succeed, and help him with his homework when he asks. He’s dyslexic, meaning that his brain must work as much as five times harder to decipher symbols, translate them into sounds and then string those sounds into meaningful words. While the rest of us see a word like “comprehend,” and can sound it out and automatically pull the meaning from our auditory memory banks, it’s not so straightforward for Aidan.

Aidan’s grandfather and great-grandmother also had dyslexia, but didn’t have the benefit of a diagnosis or services. Regular bedtimes help kids’ behavior. Bedtimes Why young children may need regular bedtimes THE QUESTION Might inconsistent bedtimes affect children’s behavior? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 10,230 children, 7 years old, including information since age 3 on when they went to bed and any behavioral problems. Researchers screened out children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger syndrome and autism. About 20 percent of the children did not have a regular bedtime at age 3, 9 percent did not at age 5 and 8 percent did not at age 7. WHO MAY BE AFFECTED? CAVEATS Data on bedtimes were based on the recollection of the children’s mothers. FIND THIS STUDY Oct. 14 online issue of Pediatrics. LEARN MORE ABOUT children’s sleep and bedtime issues at www.kidshealth.org (click “parents,” then search for “all about sleep”) and www.healthychildren.org (search for “sleep”).

The research described in Quick Study comes from credible, peer-reviewed journals. “Crossover Youth”: The Intersection of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Crossover youth is more than the latest buzzword in the often jargon-filled lexicon of juvenile justice. Instead, the term reflects a growing understanding of the dynamic between child abuse, neglect and delinquency. This population of young people has contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Addressing child welfare is challenging enough, let alone when joined with deeper problems of delinquency. Abused young people often carry scars of trauma and pain, which can inform delinquent behavior that leads to subsequent contact with the juvenile justice system. However, the complex challenges and needs of crossover youth often prove too much for each system alone to address. Who are these young people? The exact number is unknown, given the absence of rigorous data collection, although estimates range from 9 percent to 29 percent of those in the child welfare system.

Another major contributing factor is that many suffer from placement instability. What can be done? Teaching Your Child Tolerance. The Future of Children - Blog. My graduate school curriculum, in clinical social work, consistently emphasized "self-awareness," or being conscious of one's feelings, beliefs, biases, and overall state of being.

I suppose a benefit of this training is that I've developed a habit of trying to recognize and challenge my own biases. One bias I've had since childhood concerns the role of for-profit colleges. It likely originates from peers who made fun of certain teachers at our elementary school because they had attended for-profit universities. Back then, I thought they were institutions where students bought an easy low-quality degree. They explain that for-profit colleges have seen a large increase in enrollment during the past fifteen years. To me, this doesn't sound too bad. Deming and colleagues come to several conclusions. Bias confirmed? What Kids Say About: Handling Stress. Embracing Children for Who They Are. Yvetta Fedorova Contrary to what some parents might believe or hope for, children are not born a blank slate.

Rather, they come into the world with predetermined abilities, proclivities and temperaments that nurturing parents may be able to foster or modify, but can rarely reverse. Perhaps no one knows this better than Jeanne and John Schwartz, parents of three children, the youngest of whom — Joseph — is completely different from the other two. Offered a bin of toys, their daughter, Elizabeth, picked out the Barbies and their son Sam the trucks. But Joseph, like his sister, ignored the trucks and chose the dolls, which he dressed with great care.

He begged for pink light-up shoes with rhinestones and, at 3, asked to be “a disco yady” for Halloween. Joseph loved words and books, but “our attempts to get him into sports, which Sam had loved so much, were frustrating bordering on the disastrous,” Mr. “This is not just a book about raising a gay child,” Mr. Adjust Expectations Lives Enriched. The Parent ’Hood: Getting teens to make healthy choices - Refresh. Your son hit 13 and stopped eating anything healthy. Can you control how he eats? Parent advice: Having spent four years of high school lunching on Fritos and Tab, I can assure you that, eventually, he’ll wise up. You control the food that’s in your kitchen and that’s all you can do until he outgrows his junk food diet. If you’re worried about nutrition in these growing years, talk to your pediatrician about supplemental vitamins.

And don’t nag him. One, it won’t work. . – Ellen Warren He is old enough to be able to access all the unhealthy food he desires. . – Dodie Hofstetter Expert advice: Your child is past the age of depending on you for all of his sustenance, but you still play an important role in determining what he puts in his mouth. “A common trap parents fall into is to say, ‘My kid turned 13. Calmly model good nutrition habits without turning the topic into yet another point of contention with your budding teenager. And stick to your guns at the grocery store. Child Behavior Problems - Tween Behavior Problems.

Smoking, drinking, huffing, sexting: it's a scary world ahead. Start now to build the bonds that will keep your kid on track. Last summer while we were visiting family, my then 12-year-old daughter, Anna, and her cousins went to a neighbor's BBQ to hang out with their friends under the watchful (or so we thought) eyes of the adults there. Less than an hour later, they were back at the house. What happened, we asked? "Some kids were sneaking beer and getting drunk, so we decided to leave," the girls said. Yes, we were relieved -- and grateful that our kids told us what happened. It also doesn't help calm a parent's fears when every stat about teen behavior is scarier than the last (like the ones from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that one in every four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease and more than half of all teens have engaged in oral sex).

"It's completely normal for kids to spread their wings and test their limits," adds Kenneth R. Plus: Why? NAEYC For Families | Research-based information for families. Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem. Teaching Your Child Charity. Naps May Aid Young Children's Learning. A preschooler’s nap may be an important tool for learning, a new study of 3- to 5-year-olds suggests. Researchers tested 40 children in the morning by showing them a picture on a card, then flipping the card over and asking the child to remember its location on a grid. The children then continued their regular program. At around 2 p.m., half the children were encouraged to nap, while the other half were given activities to keep them awake. The researchers re-tested the children after nap time, and again the next morning. All the children participated both as nappers and non-nappers. When children napped, they scored higher on tests of recall afterward than when they stayed awake for the same time period.

Nappers also did better on tests the next day. “Children not only need to nap, but should be encouraged to nap,” said the senior author, Rebecca M.C. Fun kids' book apps that teach feel-good message. Book apps can be a parent's secret weapon against kids' meltdowns. They create a magical world where characters come alive to invite kids to join them on adventures.

Unlike game and puzzle apps, there is no inherent frustration in exploring them. Here is a list of three new ones to download to help smooth over the rough patches of raising a child. Since most children's app developers release their apps in iTunes first, and these are all new within the last two months, none is yet in the Android marketplace. Lucy Ladybird Sharon Chai, best for ages 2-5, $5.99, iPad Rating: 4 stars (out of 4) This colorful and gentle story focuses on Lucy, a ladybug that was born with no spots. Besides presenting a charming story about being different, this book app uses bright collage illustrations that are reminiscent of Eric Carle's work. In addition to two reading modes (Read to Me and Read it Myself), the words on the page highlight when read aloud. But Not the Hippopotamus – Boynton Rating: 4 stars. KidsHealth - the Web's most visited site about children's health.

Latest News on Children's Issues. KIDS COUNT Data Center from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.