The Benefits of Playtime: How Extracurricular Activities Help Children’s Behavior

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” This insight is more than just a piece of good philosophy: Emerson really nailed the essence of how play can positively impact behavior and children. For children, playing is not just a silly and completely optional extracurricular activity. It’s an essential tool in their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Here are Read More

5 Ways to Help Build Up a Child’s Low Self-Esteem

Many children suffer from low self-esteem, especially if they have learning difficulties, social anxiety, and other challenges that cause others to treat them differently. They may express their unhappiness by saying self-deprecating things like “I’m dumb” and “Nobody likes me.” Parents and educators can help these children by giving them three things they desperately need: acceptance, unconditional support, and a Read More

4 Healthy Things Parents, Teachers, and Schools Can Do to Help Children Deal with Gender Identity Issues

Strictly defined, gender nonconformity applies to any individual who does not abide by the socially-defined appearance and behavior of the sex listed on their birth certificate. In a nutshell, gender is the social construct of masculinity and femininity, while sex is the biological distinction. Gender nonconformity is comparatively new as far as public awareness is concerned, but for many parents whose children Read More

4 Ways to Help Your Child Overcome Anger Issues

Is your child developing a hair-trigger temper? Lashing out at his parents, siblings, and friends over both real and imagined slights? For some children, this is a way of shielding themselves from emotional and physical distress. The problem is that when anger is left unchecked, it can explode into bitterness and rage and cause the child to shut him or herself off from others. When parents have a plan to deal with Read More

5 Signs of Hidden Depression

Support and compassion for those who struggle with depression has improved in recent years, but many aspects of it are still misunderstood. We only detect a loved one’s depression when their symptoms are compatible with our understanding of how the condition manifests. As a result, many people have ‘hidden depression,’ which can even escape diagnosis because their symptoms are difficult to detect. Depression is not Read More

8 Worst Things to Say to Someone Suffering from Mental or Behavioral Health Issues

It’s not easy living with or otherwise being close to someone with a mental or behavioral health challenge. As much as you care about their well-being, concern, alarm, and even frustration could result in comments and observations that make the person feel worse. Below is a list of eight things that should never be said to anyone who is dealing with mental illness and/or a behavioral problem. “You are just being Read More

5 Tips for Teachers to Help Kids with ADHD Focus

The classroom can be a challenging place for kids with ADHD. While these children can be capable of focusing intently on certain activities, such as video games or a favorite hobby, they can have a difficult time staying on task when it comes to schoolwork. Researchers have indicated that ADHD does not adversely affect a child’s ability to pay attention, but rather the ability to control what they focus on. As a Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder

On the surface, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder have strong similarities: so strong that the terms can be used interchangeably and sometimes one is initially misdiagnosed as the other. They are both characterized by poor impulse control and often-powerful mood shifts, but there are also strong differences. Knowing and understanding those differences is key to ensuring that people living with Read More

Words Matter: The Do's and Don'ts of Discussing Mental Health

If you are not a psychiatrist or counselor, the idea of talking to someone about their mental health can be daunting. It’s a topic that’s often avoided because of stigma, uneasiness with the subject, and worry that you will say the wrong thing. You wonder whether you should simply wait and let the person come to you instead. Here’s a tip: saying nothing can actually make matters worse. When someone is struggling Read More

5 Easy Ways a Teacher Can Identify a Child in Need of Behavioral Health Services

For many educators, one of the most difficult parts of the job is identifying which students have real behavioral issues that require special attention. Students have a wide range of personality types, and with a single teacher seeing dozens or even hundreds of kids per day, it is important to be able to quickly identify those with serious behavioral disorders so you can get them the help they need. Consistent Read More