Vive Greenville Blog
Too often we throw around the word anxiety, associating it with so many different situations, feelings, thoughts, and possibilities, that the word itself seems to have lost some meaning and at the same time is ever present and scary. What is anxiety? What does it mean? And why does it seem to be so frequent in our society? These are all good questions, with answers that may seem surprising to some.
“Have you gained weight?” I remember being 15 years old and hearing my father ask me this as I sat down my messenger bag full of that weekend’s homework assignments. I honestly do not even remember my response, but what I do remember is the pit that formed in my stomach and the internal thought, “It’s true, I really do look heavier,” that restlessly paced through my brain.
Social media and the Internet are discussed, utilized, and examined by most children, teens, and adults on a daily basis. According to the Pew Research Center (2015), 92% of teens go online daily and 71% of teens use more than one social media or networking site. Studies also show that girls spend more time on social media sites, whereas boys spend more time playing video games. It is important to note that smart phones allow children and teens easy and almost instant access to the Internet and social media sites.
Practice makes perfect … well, maybe not quite perfect, but it sure helps! You wouldn’t send your child into a soccer game, tennis match, or ballet recital without first learning the skills of the game or rehearsing the part.
Every parent hopes that their child will be successful, that they will be able to deal with difficult or challenging situations with confidence, and that they will be able to meet challenges head on and learn from both successes and failures. To do this, a child must have a good sense of…
Summer has finally arrived and the much anticipated family beach trip begins today. It’s approximately 8:00am because if we’re not at the beach shortly after noon, well…that’s not going to go well. One sibling won’t get out of bed and the other has waited until this morning to pack a week’s worth of clothing in an old grocery bag.
The squeaky wheel gets the oil. That’s how the saying goes. Unfortunately, especially in our busy and chaotic everyday lives, it is often the case that what gets noticed with our children is the negative behavior, the problem, when something goes wrong.