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Supporting Your Teen as the School Year Ends

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Time certainly flies, doesn’t it? It feels like just yesterday was August, and the school year was starting. Now, we’re just weeks away from its conclusion. For many, this marks the end of high school and the onset of the exciting yet uncertain college years. This transition ushers in a new wave of stress, fear, […]

Sidelines to Frontlines: Parenting a Teen Athlete

Teen soccer team

Welcome to the fast-paced world of teen sports, where every game is more than just a display of physical talent. It’s a blend of hard work, discipline, and emotional ups and downs. As parents, you’re right in the thick of it, cheering from the sidelines and offering a shoulder when the going gets tough. Join […]

Supporting Teen Mental Health During Holidays

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The festive season, stretching from Thanksgiving through Christmas is often celebrated as the most joyous time of the year. So, why should we focus on teen mental health during holidays? It’s a period filled with family gatherings, gift exchanges, and a welcome break from school routines. However, beneath the surface of holiday cheer, many teens […]

Veterans Day and Your Teen: What’s the Connection?

Thank You Veterans

At first glance, the significance of Veterans Day and the everyday lives of our teenagers may seem worlds apart, but there’s a poignant connection that might surprise you. A Shared Battle: Hopelessness and Mental Health Statistics reveal a sobering reality: the only demographic experiencing a higher rate of suicide than our nation’s adolescents and young […]

The Family Check-In Challenge

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The “Family Check-In Challenge” is an A Brighter Day initiative designed to encourage open conversations within families as we roll into the new school year. This routine isn’t just a matter of asking how each person’s day was; it’s about setting a time and place where every family member, especially teens, can openly discuss their […]

Walk Your Path: How to Understand and Combat Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure at school, a universal phenomenon experienced by teenagers across the globe, plays a considerable role during these formative years. As adolescents strive to carve out their unique identities, these external influences can deeply impact their mental health, choices, and overall well-being. The Faces of Peer Pressure Peer pressure can manifest itself in various […]

Living in the Age of Teen Loneliness

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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, […]

A Silent Epidemic of Teen Mental Health

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I urge all parents to deeply understand their teens. This involves peeling away their layers of self-protection and grasping what truly motivates them. Often, it also means fostering a non-judgmental environment and seizing opportunities for meaningful dialogues. Providing Access to Teen Mental Health Resources One of my primary aims for A Brighter Day Charity is […]

Neurodiversity in Teens: Our Differences Make Us Who We Are

Neurodiversity

The term “neurodiverse” seems to be used everywhere today; social media, tv shows, movies, and more! While there is no single definition of this term, it typically is used to describe the differences in the ways people’s brains work. According to the Child Mind Institute, the term “neurodiversity” was created to help fight the stigma […]

Animal Therapy: Embracing the Healing Powers of Connection

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Including animal therapy in psychological treatment is not new, nor is it uncommon. Dogs, cats, horses, and other animals have played a large part in humans’ lives, and the healing benefits and the unique bonds created by interacting with animals have been documented for thousands of years! Today, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) helps people cope […]

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