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Stepping outside of your comfort zone to try new and challenging things can be a scary endeavor, particularly for adolescents who fear failing in front of their peers. However, research indicates that failure can actually be a positive outcome for children because it allows them to push the boundaries of their capabilities and adopt a growth mindset that failure is just a crucial step on

“I don’t want to go to school! You can’t make me!” Those are all too familiar words for most parents who have children who dislike school or don’t want to go for other reasons. For some, this issue can be solved by getting teens involved in extracurricular activities that they are passionate about. For some parents, however, teens who refuse to attend school are actually experiencing

For many families, the holidays mean making gingerbread cookies, building snowmen, relaxing by a warm fire, and spending time with family--but for some, it’s the opposite. For some, it means more stress, more arguments, more challenges. Most people don’t think about help for struggling teen boys and girls during the holidays, but it’s often desperately needed. From large social gatherings to family altercations, the holidays

It’s been known that the benefits of yoga for teens are plentiful and powerful for centuries--but only recently have we begun to find the scientific reason behind it all. In the modern world, it’s been thought that yoga was a great way to stay fit, but it’s much more than that. Research is revealing that the benefits of yoga for teens include improving mental health as

Teen social isolation isn’t always abnormal. Sometimes we just need some time alone to think, process, and work through things--sometimes it’s more dubious. For many struggling with issues like depression, they aren’t sure what to do so they isolate themselves and don’t reach out to anyone for help. They retreat into themselves hoping to figure it out alone--but that often doesn’t work. Instead, it can

Managing stress in today’s world is more difficult than ever. Nowadays, teens have so much on their plates. Mindfulness exercises and yoga are an effective way to reduce stress. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Yoga at Trails Carolina Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week course that teaches individuals how to practice mindfulness as a way to manage stress. At Trails, I have adapted

Raising a child is both the most rewarding, most natural thing in the world – and the most difficult one. There isn’t a family in the world that hasn’t had at least one major fight. Moreover, pushing boundaries is a perfectly normal part of growing up. Testing limits allows a child to assert their individuality and explore who they are. In most situations, these arguments

Arguments are a natural part of life. Growing up virtually requires an occasional fight or two. Testing boundaries is a way to discover one’s own identity; however, when these fights become a regular occurrence, there may be a problem. Even in the darkest of moments, there are several tips to keep in mind when resolving conflicts with your teen. Although the experience is rarely pleasant,

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