Five Ways to Talk with Your Kids So They Feel Loved

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1. You are loved for who you are and who you will become

2. Your feelings help your parents and caregivers know what you need

3. There are different ways to express your feelings

4. Everyone is a learner and making mistakes is part of learning

5. Your parents and caregivers are trying to be the best parents they can be

Sense of Purpose and Resilience

A new study suggests that teens with purpose are more resilient and optimistic, even during a severe economic crisis.

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What Do Teens’ Emotions Feel Like?

From the Greater Good Magazine- If you have any teenagers in your life, you’ve probably been witness to the emotional roller coaster that is adolescence. You may have a hard time keeping up with all their ups and downs, with emotions shifting from extreme elation one minute to utter despair the next. But why is teen emotional life so rocky, and how is it different from our emotional experience at other ages?

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Five Ways to Help Teens Feel Good about Themselves

  1. Get regular exercise
  2. Focus on self-compassion (not self-esteem)
  3. Avoid social comparison
  4. Capitalize on specific skills
  5. Help others (especially strangers)

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Self-Compassion for Parents

Parents: How to Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion entails three components:

1) “First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental.”
2) “Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering.”
3) “Third, it requires mindfulness—that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it.”

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Five Ways to Help Teens Think Beyond Themselves

The Greater Good Science Center states these five research-based ways to inspire teens to connect with something larger than themselves:

1) Support teens’ beyond-the-self interests
2) Discuss values and character strengths
3) Facilitate activities that enhance empathy/perspective-taking
4) Expose teens to diverse perspectives
5) Model empathy and prosocial behavior as an adult

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How Awe Can Help Students Develop Purpose

Students who carry this sense of purpose into adulthood may also benefit in the long run. Research shows that adults who feel their lives have meaning and purpose are happier, more successful at work, and have stronger relationships.

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Why We Should Embrace Mistakes in School

Helping students respond to perceived failure:
1) Adjust the learning context: “Let’s try this another way”
2) Encourage persistence: “Keep trying, Don’t give up!”
3) Model self-compassion: “Be kind to yourself when you’re confused; it’s okay.”
4) Build positive relationships with students: “I see your strengths, and I believe in you.”
5) Focus on resilience: “Even though this is tough, you will find your way.”

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