Heal Your Inner Child

BY LISA J. SMITH

You’re a smart, well-rounded, and well-educated person, right? So why is it you keep making the same poor choices over and over again? Why do relationships in your life suffer because of poor communication? Why do you sometimes feel as though you have no control in your life? It could be because your inner child is in the driver’s seat, and if you’ve ever seen a six-year-old drive, well, that says it all.

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Giving children the skills they need to tackle life’s toughest challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental health and suicide are not just adult issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates have tripled over the last 15 years among girls 10 to 14 years of age in the United States. More detailed analyses of the data only paint a bleaker picture for some minority populations. Asian American and Pacific Islanders, 15 to 24 years old, are the only racial/ethnic group in which suicide is the number one cause of death. “As a mother of two daughters in their pre-teens, these are alarming statistics that cannot be ignored,” says pediatrician and researcher Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS, of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Resilience is the new happiness

 

 

 

 

 

Happiness is a serious business. Inspired by the positive psychology movement, corporations hold positions for “chief fun officers” and esteemed institutions like Stanford and Yale offer classes on happiness. But this infatuation with good times is only creating confusion about what it means to succeed, and what skills we need to thrive.

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Want to Raise a Hard-Working Child? Do These 6 Things

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the goals as a parent is to watch your child accomplish many wonderful things. My son is only 3, but I can already sense that this overwhelming pride I have for him will be present for the rest of my life. Besides being kind, I want him to find something in his life that he feels passionate about. As a teacher, I’ve seen that passion can facilitate hard work, but raising a hard-working child is about more than that.

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Coping Skills, Like Goal-Setting And Perseverance, May Predict Ability To Overcome Adversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

During undesirable situations, such as getting rejected from your dream college or getting laid off from a job, it’s understandable that you may feel disappointed. This sense of failure may give you a greater motivation to push forward, while others will simply give up. But, learning from your mistakes may allow you to be more confident, adaptive, and tolerant to negative situations, according to a new study.

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