Here is what we’ve been reading this week in mental health!
This week: the science behind kids’ risky behavior, promoting a “growth mindset” for reading, battling self-doubt, and what teens wish their parents knew about social media.
- The brain goes through significant changes during adolescence. Read this article about the science behind tweens’ risky behavior — and why it can help them in the long run. (Washington Post)
- Do you have a struggling reader or a child that proclaims to hate reading? Use these four teaching moves that promote a “growth” mindset in readers. (kqed.org)
- Many self-driven people are motivated out of fear of failure rather than confidence. Is your teen driven by self-doubt? Find balance when too much self-doubt gets in the way. (Mindshift)
- People feel better about themselves when they help others. This study suggests that altruistic behaviors towards strangers may have improved teens’ sense of self-worth. This idea seems obvious, but having research to back it up is great. (National Public Radio)
- Most teens spend a large portion of their day engrossed in their online world. This can put additional pressure on teens, increasing feelings of depression and anxiety. What teens wish their parents knew about social media. (Washington Post)