Best of the Web: Supporting Teens Finishing High School, and more…

Support for teenagers finishing high school, don't use food to reward, encouraging forgiveness, and making friends.

Our selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.

How you can support teens who are finishing high school

(Patrick Wright, ABC Life)

Preparing to leave secondary school is a big moment in the lives of young adults. It’s a time of big decisions – should they go onto further study, take a gap year, or maybe leave home? This is a helpful guide for parents, friends or teachers wanting to support young people navigate this challenging time. It includes advice from experts on understanding what young people are experiencing, and how to have conversations to check in on how they are going.

We asked five experts: should we use food as a reward for kids?

(The Conversation)

Have you ever rewarded your child with food for a task completed or behaving  a certain way? It raises all sorts of questions about the relationship we could be encouraging between our children and food, says this post. To get some answers, five Australian university experts from different fields were asked if we should use food to reward kids. Five out of five said no – and gave their reasons.

How to Help Kids Consider Forgiveness

(Maryam Abdullah, Greater Good Magazine, UC Berkeley)

How do children respond when they feel they have been wronged by another? Do they retaliate, responding in kind and offering a warning to others?  A 2017 research review says that acting with vengeance comes at a high cost: these children may become more withdrawn, be less accepted and have fewer or lower-quality friendships. This article provides some tips for parents to encourage their children to build up their ‘forgiveness muscle’.

When my son insisted his BFF was a video-game elf, it was time to work on friendship

(Cathy Alter, The Washington Post)

The author knew there may be a problem when she asked her seven-year-old who they could have for a play date. Leo nominated Zelda, who features in a video game. Despite her protests, Lucas insisted that Zelda was real. This began an exploration into how a parent can find out what’s happening in their child’s social life, and the reasons why some children struggle to make friends.


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