Unhealthy perfectionism has become a growing contributor to teens' rising anxiety.
Many tweens and teens struggle with anxiety and perfectionism, and parents often bemoan that "she puts so much pressure on herself." Rachel Simmons, an expert on girls' development and the author of Enough As She Is, however, says that perception puts even more pressure on kids. "The very phrasing of the statement — 'on herself' — lays blame for distress at the feet of our teens, rather than a culture that is stoking the flames of their anxiety," she writes. "It puts the onus for change on kids — just chill, we seem to be saying, and you’ll be okay!" With a recent study finding a 33 percent spike in the number of teens who feel they have to be perfect to win approval, including from their friends and parents, it's more important than ever to acknowledge what teens are going through and help them develop strategies to deal with perfectionism. Continue reading →Continue reading
The top books on helping kids overcome anxiety and worry for children, teens, and parents.
With everything going on in their lives and the world, it's no wonder that many kids and teens are struggling with worry and anxiety — plenty of adults are too! But while anxiety may be a normal response to many day-to-day stressors, it's important for all of us, including kids, to learn how to manage our worries so that we can feel in control, think clearly, and make healthy choices that suit what we really need, both now and in the future. Continue reading →Continue reading
The new Sesame Street programming aims to resources "deliver the words children need to hear most: You are not alone. You will be taken care of. Addiction is a sickness and, as with any sickness, people need help to get better. And most importantly: It’s not your fault."
The beloved children's TV show Sesame Street is helping children understand the difficult topic of addiction with its new Muppet character, Karli! The 6-and-a-half-year-old Muppet appears in several new online videos which explore how her mom has struggled with addiction and is now in recovery in child-friendly ways. According to Sesame Workshop, the free resources "deliver the words children need to hear most: You are not alone. You will be taken care of. Addiction is a sickness and, as with any sickness, people need help to get better. And most importantly: It’s not your fault."Continue reading →Continue reading