Check out what we’ve been reading to support your child’s mental health:
A lot of bright, conscientious, and capable teens, struggle with organization and procrastination, and planning (these are often referred to as “executive functioning skills”). I love this first-hand account from a parent of a struggling teen, where they share their child’s executive functioning coach’s top 5 tips. (harvard.edu)
Want your child to have the best chance of success in math and reading? The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills That May Matter Most for Academic Success: Curiosity and Persistence. (educationweek.org)
Terry Friedrichs, Ph.D., Ed.D. reports that approximately 30% of gifted children are LGBTQ+. “As the queer movement continues to grow, and rates of Twice-Exceptional identification continue to rise, the intersection of queerness and Twice-Exceptionality cannot be ignored.” (Julia Rutovsky). Exploring and supporting the important intersections of identity can help us to support our 2e students, children, and friends. (senggifted.org) * The term “queerness” refers to anyone who identifies as non-heterosexual or non-cisgender.
Teens often have trouble assessing the credibility of online information, leading to inaccurate perceptions of current events, their worldview, and even themselves. One tool that parents and schools can use to deal with this problem is called media literacy education. The idea is to teach kids how to evaluate and think critically about the messages they receive and to recognize falsehoods masquerading as truth. (commonsensemedia.org)
Awe might be our most undervalued emotion. Here’s what experts say will help us fuse more of it into our everyday lives. (Washington Post)