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Teaching Children why Failure MUST be an Option

“Failure is not an option” is a line immortalized in the movie “Apollo 13.” The maxim was the mission ethic of NASA engineers who fought to save the damaged Apollo 13 space capsule in 1970. The line has become so emblematic of persistence in the face of catastrophe that teenagers, professionals and  leaders around the world [...]

Treatment for Depressed Kids Needs Rethink

Young people with depression should be reassured that their poor concentration and memory are often part of the illness and don't mean they're "dumb", says an expert in mental health. An Australian study has revealed widespread cognitive functioning difficulties among teens and adolescents with depression. The findings, published in the journal Neuropsychology Review, have prompted [...]

How To Raise Children Who Are Not Spoiled Brats

No one wants to have – or to be around – demanding, selfish, spoiled children; those who throw tantrums or sulk when they're not given everything they want immediately. Paradoxically, the parents of such children encourage this demanding behaviour in the mistaken belief that if they give their children everything they can, their children will be [...]

By | 2018-04-13T11:47:36+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How Parents’ Arguments Really Affect Their Children

It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. What can parents and carers do to limit the harm caused by their rows? What happens at home really does affect children's long-term mental health and development. But it is not only the relationship between the parent and child [...]

Building Kids Social Media User Skills

Today's teens have a reputation for being accomplished, fluent, and effective social media users. But they learn these skills the way we learn most life lessons: through trial and error, by making mistakes and learning from the outcomes. While these trial-and-error experiences can be educational in many contexts, social media makes trials public and errors difficult to [...]

Lessons About Gambling Risks Piloted in British Schools

Lessons about the risks of gambling have been trialled in secondary schools in an attempt to address high levels of gambling among school-age children. Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, with one recent survey finding that one in six 11-to-15-year-olds admitted to gambling in the last week. Yet according to the cross-party thinktank [...]

By | 2018-03-19T14:27:12+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Gambling|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How Do You Raise Resilient Kids?

Resilience is one of those buzzwords that was dropped in the lap of parents and educators a few years ago and has sat there since like a puppy – squirming, whining and demanding our attention. It’s adorable and you’d definitely like to keep it, but hold it too tightly and it will jump right out [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:22:41+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Smart Phones Have Robbed Kids of Their Childhood

The year 2012 was the moment our kids lost their childhood. Recent research out of the United States reveals a sharp decrease in wellbeing among adolescents from 2012 onwards — the year when smartphone ownership became commonplace among teens. Using survey data from 1.1 million young people, the researchers found that adolescents who spent more time on [...]

Here’s How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health

When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on 14 February 2018 in Broward County, Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will the same thing happen to me? As researchers and clinicians who have studied the problem of violence over the past three decades, we have [...]

By | 2018-04-30T16:38:13+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Psychiatrist’s Quick Guide on How to Talk to Your Children About Mental Health

The parents and carers I meet through my job as a child and adolescent psychiatrist often tell me about young people in their lives who are suffering from anxiety or low mood. I can sometimes hear an element of desperation or hopelessness in their voice, which may come from the fact they have no idea what [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:11+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments