Teen Girl Studying

Protecting your family from COVID-19 is important, but the pandemic has also created a mental health epidemic. It’s hitting our teens hard, and it’s hitting the girls the hardest.   In fact, new research from The Rox Institute for Research and Training released a report on how pandemic loneliness is affecting 5th through 12th grade girls and found:   Girls are experiencing newfound fear about their futures since the…

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Mother and daughter with counselor

As a parent, you may be wondering how to help your child manage their stress better and improve their mental health. After all, we live in some of the most stressful times in human history. Even putting aside the global pandemic, rising anxiety rates in children have been reported for decades. But we want to make something very…

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Father and daughter hug

If you’re a parent struggling to raise a child with anxiety, you’re not alone. Teen and adolescent anxiety has been on the rise for years, and many parents are unsure how to cope with this dynamic. Approximately 4.4 million children in the U.S. are currently diagnosed with anxiety, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  And, anxiety is contagious. “Children’s anxiety often results…

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Father and Son Laughing

There is no shortage of stressors on our families today. A global pandemic, adjusting to working and schooling from home, the grief of losing typical life experiences, plus daily stress from work, finances, and more, are all coming together to create an incredibly anxious moment. Simply put: Humans have never been more stressed. All of this stress…

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Mom and Teen Daughter Using Cell Phone and Smiling

It’s not your imagination: Many parents have noticed their teens struggling with the pandemic shutdown. There’s even new research to back this up.  The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital released a survey of over 900 parents, and 45% reported new or worsening mental health behaviors in their teens (ages 13 to 18).   Also, FAIR Health reports that insurance claims…

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Family walking on the street

Teens often encounter alcohol in middle and high school. They may come across it at parties, friends’ houses, or even your own liquor cabinet. While it’s easy to find and access, parents have more influence than they think when it comes to helping teens make choices about alcohol use.  The reasons why teens choose to drink can vary:  Peer pressure and social drinking  Curiosity  Boredom  Rebellion  Increased independence  Depression, overwhelming stress,…

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