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How Gratitude Can Get You Through the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner. ‘Tis the season to be jolly—so why is it that we sometimes feel melancholy during the most wonderful time of the year? The truth is, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Eve can be a demanding time for many reasons. Between spending an extended amount of time […]

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Divorced Parents

The holiday season is rolling in, and you know what that means – neighborhoods are lighting up like a Christmas tree, menorahs shining through windows, and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the cutest doggos rocking their holiday sweaters. But hey, let’s be real – if you’re surviving the holidays with divorced […]

31 Mental Health Hacks to Relieve Your Holiday Anxiety

Teen during the holidays

Anxiety. It’s a totally natural, normal, expected response to the dizzying blur of activities that happen each holiday season. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less painful or convenient. But with an arsenal of grounding exercises under your belt, you can bring down your anxiety to a manageable level before the point of no […]

Living in the Age of Teen Loneliness

teen isolation and loneliness

Our teens live in a world of unparalleled entertainment opportunities, yet they still experience disturbing amounts of teen loneliness. Every cell phone they carry doubles as a computer filled with applications, entertainment, and social media platforms. They can watch movie trailers or go to the movies with their friends. They can indulge in unlimited TV, […]

Why Self-Esteem is Critical for Teen Mental Health

Teen girl with laptop and coffee covered with hearts

What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is defined as your subjective sense of overall personal worth or value. Having a healthy amount of self-esteem can benefit your mental well-being, your motivation, resilience, and more! Having too little or too much self-esteem can be problematic and manifest in various ways. While some of us might think that self-esteem […]

Social Media and Our Perception of Reality

Teenage boy checking his social media likes for facebook and instagram

While social media can help build relationships, encourage connection, offer support, motivate young people, and spark one’s creative side, it can have negative implications if misused. Social Media Self-Perception vs. Reality There is no question that social media can negatively impact a person’s self-perception and mental health. Typically, this is caused by comparing ourselves to […]

“Man Up!” The phenomenon that affects young men across America

The concept of toxic masculinity is used in academic and media discussions of masculinity to refer to certain cultural norms that are associated with harm to society and men themselves. Traditional stereotypes of men as socially dominant, along with related traits such as misogyny and homophobia, can be considered "toxic" due in part to their promotion of violence, including sexual assault and domestic violence. The socialization of boys in patriarchal societies often normalizes violence, such as in the saying "boys will be boys" about bullying and aggression.

“You aren’t man enough.”  “Man up!”  “Come on, don’t be a ______.” What do these phrases have in common? You guessed it: They all reinforce toxic masculinity. Toxic masculinity is one explanation for male violence and sexism. This term distinguishes “toxic” traits, like aggression and self-entitlement, from “healthy” masculinity. It has grown to the point […]

11 Real Issues that Teens Face Every Day

Growing up isn't easy. It's no wonder that many adolescents face some pretty difficult challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood, and they may respond by acting out. Parents, teachers, and other adults can help teens by being supportive and setting fair limits. Of course, it's also important to identify the types of issues teens often face. These teen troubles are common, but not inevitable. If you are worried about your child, start by observing their behavior and seeking to identify what's happening.

“What a relief! My teen is back at school, finally, and everything is good again. No more Zoom classes and complaining.” Does this sound familiar? Now that public health officials have deemed it safe to return to school, your teen must unlearn what they were conditioned to believe for almost 270 days — to keep […]

It’s 2021: Time to Reunite With Your Teen

New reports say teens are now spending 9 hours of their awake time consuming media. For tweens, the average daily screen time is 4 hours and 44 minutes. For teens, that number spikes to 7 hours and 22 minutes. These numbers are reported by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping children, parents and […]

How to Talk to Someone Going Through a Hard Time

mom and daughter hiking on hilltop during golden hour

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… … Except when you have the winter blues, the pandemic has disrupted your lifestyle, and you’re feeling lonely, sad, or anxious. Even though it’s common to feel sad around the holidays, it doesn’t make it any less challenging to deal with, or even talk about. Looking at […]

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