Before I begin talking, most of them are completely unaware that more than 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by young people is in the form of binge drinking and that in 2010 more than 189,000 emergency room visits by persons under the age of 21 were linked to alcohol. My goal is to inform them about what science tells us so they can use the information in a tangible way.
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From day one, I knew that it was going to be a different kind of mindfulness class. But I was ready. I could handle this. I had years of teaching teens under my belt, a number of which were in inner-city schools. But I was an experienced-enough teacher to know that I was going to have to be on my toes--the whole time.
Shootings, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, end-of-the-world predictions -- even local news reports of missing kids and area shootings all can be upsetting news for adults, not to mention kids. In our 24/7 news world, it's become nearly impossible to shield kids from distressing current events.
Teens, like the rest of us need to LOVE, to PLAY and to feel NECESSARY. As parents we all try as hard as we can to make our kids feel loved even though they don't always seem to receive our well-intentioned feelings that way, right? And, yes we love to see our kids laughing,having friends and having some play time. You agree with that one as well, right? Well I have a big concern about another equally important aspect of their young lives.
It's so difficult to watch our kids when they are unhappy or experiencing any kind of emotional distress, isn't it? That is certainly one of the trickiest aspects of being a parent. The good news is that there are several bits of advice that I can offer you so that you can get through this period with your daughter most effectively. Her pain is your pain. I know that feeling.