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5 Ways Play Can Benefit A Child

 

In our previous blog post, we discussed how anxiety and depression can set the stage for bullying. One simple solution could be "play." Here is an excerpt from author Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at Boston College who lists 5 ways in which "play" can help a child reduce anxiety and depression.

1. Play gives children a chance to find and develop a connection to their own self-identified and self-guided interests. 

2. It is through play that children first learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self control, and follow rules. 

3. Children learn to... read more

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Is My Child Being Bullied Or Teased?

As a parent or grandparent, you want to shield your child from danger, from physical pain and from emotional trauma. However, it is sometimes difficult to do. Whether or not your child is homeschooled, in school, or on the internet, they can be subjected to bullying. But have you ever wondered whether or not you are being overprotective? That, perhaps, the “bullying” is simply “child’s play” and your child is just being teased? Before we address this question, let us first define bullying. Bullying can take two forms - physical and psychological (which can include verbal harassment) (Shariff, 2007).... read more

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Are Anxious Children At Risk Of Being Victimized?

According to researchers at the University of Victoria, depressed and anxious children in first and second grade were more likely to be victimized by third grade. On the other hand, aggressive first graders were susceptible to depression and anxiety by the third grade. 

Bonnie J. Leadbeater, a professor of psychology at the University of Victoria who led the study states, "Children's early mental health problems can set the stage for abuse by their peers. Just as some children learn to read with greater difficulty than others and require extra assistance when they begin to lag behind their peers,... read more

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How Can I Tell If My Child Is Stressed?

As parents, stress is often considered to be a part of life. With bills to be paid, a home life, social life, and a career, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, sometimes we forget that even though childhood seems carefree, there are many events that can place stress on a child. Pediatrician Michelle L. Bailey says that the first step in determining whether or not your child is stressed is by asking them directly. This will help you find what sparks the stress in the first place. For example:

·      What does the word “stress” mean... read more

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