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Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news—and listen, too—can help.

If it bleeds, it leads. The old newsroom adage about milking stories for sensationalism seems truer than ever today. And with technology doing the heavy lifting—sending updates, tweets, posts, and breaking news alerts directly to our kids’ phones—we parents are often playing catch-up. Whether it’s wall-to-wall coverage of the latest natural disaster, a horrific mass shooting, a suicide broadcast on social media, or a violent political rally, it’s nearly impossible to keep the news at bay until you’re able to figure out what to say. The bottom line is that elementary school-aged kids and some middle schoolers have trouble fully understanding news events. And though older teens are better able to understand current events, even they face challenges when it comes to sifting fact from opinion—or misinformation.

How to Create a College-Going Mindset for your Middle School Student

When you ask most 6th, 7th and 8th grade students about their college plans, you will quickly realize that college is the furthest thing from their minds. Middle school students are much more interested in their most recent social media post, the latest video game, their favorite sports team, and hanging out with their friends.  And parents, that’s truly okay. Adolescence is a time to explore, learn and have fun. So, don’t stress too much about their lack of interest in building a college list or starting that essay for the college application. With this in mind, parents can do a lot to help prepare their students for college, starting at a young age. The first thing to do?  Help them to create a college-going mindset. Here’s how. 

5 Things to Say When Talking to Your Kids About Guns

Regardless of whether or not you own guns, your child is eventually going to want to talk to you about firearms. Whether they grew up in a family of hunters and shooters or are introduced to guns by television or movies, kids have an innate desire to learn more about the world around them. This may seem like a basic developmental process, part of growing up and determining where we fit in in the world that surrounds us, but those early lessons can have a long-lasting impact. That’s why it’s important to talk to your kids about firearms early on, and the message must be clear.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What it Means to Teens

Adolescents need our respect.

Sure, we would all appreciate a little more respect, perhaps especially from the teens in our lives. But adolescents are particularly sensitive tobeing treated respectfully. Middle adolescents, roughly ages 13 through 15 (grades 7 through 10), appear to be especially responsive to status and respect compared to younger children or adults. When we understand this need and treat adolescents with the respect they crave, we can build closer relationships, support positive behavior, and possibly even earn their respect in return.

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ANXIETY

Many adults have anxiety, but did you know that the number of teens with anxiety is at an all-time high? Having excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks is not uncommon for a person with anxiety disorder. 

TEEN SUPPORT

Children become preteens, and preteens mold into teenagers who then become young adults. KidsMatter has an abundance of resources for fourth graders to young adults who are managing academic, social and emotional stressors daily.

STRESS

Teen stress can rival an adult's, according to the American Psychological Association, but chronic stress for all Americans is becoming a national epidemic, especially for those who are 25 to 35 years of age. 

ABUSE & ADDICTION

Having your physical and mental health rely on a substance can add complexity and a loss of control to your life. KidsMatter relies on resources from our trusted and reputable partners to assist individuals and families understand why addiction and abuse happens and how to prevent it.

DIGITAL AWARENESS

Smartphones, tablets and other devices have been found to be directly linked to isolation, depression, and anxiety in individuals. KidsMatter regularly holds educational series aimed at educating the community on how to prevent digital addiction and practice a healthy balance of using technology.

SUICIDE

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and around 14 out of 100,000 people die each year from suicide. KidsMatter's #1 resource is our Crisis Text Line to assist those in crisis and our suicide resources can help you or someone you know who is in need.

MINDFULNESS

Having your physical and mental health rely on a substance can add complexity and a loss of control to your life. KidsMatter relies on resources from our trusted and reputable partners to assist individuals and families understand why addiction and abuse happens and how to prevent it.

PARENT SUPPORT

Parents need to learn about today’s toughest parenting challenges, and KidsMatter wants to help. We are a reliable source of expert information, resources, and suggestions when you don’t know where else to turn.

DEPRESSION

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that can cause severe symptoms that affect how you may feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Depression can happen at any age and to anyone, and even the most severe cases, can be treated.

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