Can Schools do Anything to Prevent Anxiety and Depression in Children?

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Depression and anxiety are significant mental health concerns for children. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than a quarter of teens (ages 13-18) suffer from anxiety disorders and almost 6 percent battle with a “severe form” of the disorder. The NIMH also reports that “in 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.” Anxiety and Depression in Children While all kids will feel anxious at some point—maybe before a test, sporting event or performance—there is a marked difference between … Continued

A Guide to the Five Components of Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence wasn’t always a known—or acknowledged—component of success until 1990 when psychologists John D. Mayer and Peter Salovey published their paper on what would later become a new way of defining intelligence. Not only did the paper introduce the term ‘emotional intelligence’ or EQ to the world, it also led to a new understanding of how our emotional make-up impacts our lives. But what is emotional intelligence really? How is it defined? The easiest way to explain the fundamentals of EQ is to understand the five components of emotional intelligence: self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible … Continued

What Can Be Done to Fight Drug Use in Schools?

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Illicit drug use in schools is a prevalent problem affecting children and teens. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 14 percent of high school seniors and nearly 10 percent of sophomores fall prey to the allure of getting high. The Problem of Drug Use in Schools The most widely misused substance is alcohol. In 2014, nearly a quarter of high schoolers in numerous states admitted that they had engaged in binge-drinking during the month. However, prescription drug abuse is also increasingly problematic throughout the U.S. and is especially prevalent in Arkansas. Opiate-based painkillers often serve as … Continued

EQ Resources Your Kids Need to Improve Their Emotional Intelligence

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Educating a child means more than just encouraging their intellect. While a child’s intellect—and IQ—will aid them throughout their school years, their emotional intelligence—or EQ—aids them both in school and beyond, as it affects how they develop and maintain personal and social relationships. Those with high EQ excel throughout their lives—in school, at work and socially. How we handle emotions, get along with others and empathize with peers allows us to become relatable and well liked. But EQ isn’t about popularity, and boosting emotional intelligence has nothing to do with getting in with the right crowds or cliques. Those with … Continued

Afterschool Activities & Programs That Will Increase Your Child’s EQ

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A child’s emotional intelligence affects their success through school and beyond. While intellectual abilities are certainly important, ignoring emotional intelligence (EQ) will have negative ramifications in the child’s life. In schools, a lack of emotional intelligence can cause a variety of problems, from violence to increased risk of drug abuse and even suicide! And the need for emotional intelligence doesn’t end with graduation. Today’s employers want individuals who have more than education and experience. They want employees who will work well in a team and socially resonate with clients, co-workers and customers. While many college graduates have the knowledge and … Continued

What Can Schools Do to Prevent Teen Suicide?

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The book series turned popular Netflix drama “Thirteen Reasons Why” thrust the topic of teenage suicide back in the top issues plaguing the minds and hearts of school administrators and parents. Not only did the series propel suicide back into the conversation, it also brought attention to the rising number of teens contemplating—and committing—suicide. In the wired world where so many teens virtually gather, the allure of suicide has gained even more prominence. Online viral challenges have turned suicide into the fatal final battle of a reality game. The Blue Whale Challenge has been in the news lately, with its … Continued

5 Ways SEL Programs in Schools Help Kids Later in Life

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Many perceive academic success as being solely dependent on a child’s intellectual abilities. While a strong intellect and high IQ do benefit children in the classroom, their emotional intelligence or EQ is just as important to their academic achievement. Across the country schools are embracing a wider approach to student success in the classroom, and Social Emotional Learning programs are at the heart of the education revolution. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focuses on how interactions with others affect our relationships and our individual success in the social realms—including the classroom, the boardroom and the home. SEL programs in schools teach … Continued

How to Stop Bullying with Social and Emotional Learning

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It’s shocking, but somewhere between one in four and one in three students in the U.S. has been the target of a bully. Bullying is most prevalent in middle school and targets students who are seen as being different. Students who are bullied experience increased feelings of sadness and loneliness which can lead to depression and anxiety. Additionally, their academic performance can suffer dramatically. But the targets of bullies are not the only ones who that suffer. Bystanders of bullying and the bullies themselves have all been shown to experience negative consequences including a higher risk for violence and substance … Continued

What is Emotional Intelligence?

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According to many experts, having an enhanced capacity to understand one’s own emotions as well as those of others, is a pivotal determinant of success, even arguably more so than a high IQ. This skill is referred to as emotional intelligence (EQ). What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is an ability to tune in to your feelings, use logic to understand emotions, and then make the best decisions regarding how the emotions are influencing your behaviors. It also means understanding the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence can lead to many positive interactions and can help to improve social situations while … Continued