Archives for February 2016

Changes to the College Application: Good News for Teens!

The college application process has changed for 50 colleges and the list will be growing! Finally, the admission process is more in alignment with learning and the mental health of high school students. The pressure to be accepted into a college or university is tremendous for many teens. This pressure has led many high school students to take multiple AP (Advanced Placement) classes, feel anxious to score extremely well on the SAT, to engage in numerous extra-curricular activities, and to … [Read more...]

3 Simple Steps to Solving Problems

The first step to solving most problems is to identify and separate the emotion so that we can clearly focus on a resolution. If we can recognize how we feel in response to a situation, then we are more aware of choosing how we want to respond to the situation. For instance, you may feel angry at what you perceive as an injustice. Once the emotion is identified, then you can think about how you want to respond. When we are unable to identify the emotion or just react impulsively, we are no … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Help Your Teen Get Rid of Anxiety

College faculty have noticed an alarming increase in anxiety and depression among college students. Depression is living in the past and anxiety is worrying about the future. Many parents are concerned about their teenager getting into a good college to ultimately have a successful career.  Teens greatly focus on their grades, test scores, standardized tests scores, and take advanced placement courses to boost their GPA to compete for college admission. Many teens hold the belief that they must … [Read more...]

3 PERSPECTIVES of BULLYING

THE BULLY There are many different reasons for a child turning into a bully or bullying . Some bullies may not be receiving much attention at home and feel unlovable and powerless. In an effort to mask their vulnerability and pain, they cause pain to others to feel less of a victim and more powerful. Other bullies may fear rejection and in an effort to protect themselves, they reject others first by bullying them to maintain a false sense of control and self-esteem.  Bullies prey on those who … [Read more...]

7 SUCCESS TIPS for TEENS

Believe in Yourself! One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Ford, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't ---- you're right" If you believe you can accomplish a goal, then you will take action. If you believe you can't accomplish a goal, then you make excuses to justify that perspective. So, believe that you can!!!!!! Practice Fearlessness! FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear distracts us from our focus on the target we set for ourselves. So, if you want to try out for the … [Read more...]