Back to School season is here! Some students look forward to the return to routine and friends, others can find it overwhelming and stressful. However they anticipate the new school year, it’s a time of adjustment and new challenges. This season, we’re highlighting a couple of CAMH publications to help address evolving environments, new complications and peer pressure.
Growing Up Resilient draws from the latest research and theoretical developments on resilience in children and youth and present it in a way that is relevant for a diverse audience, including parents, educators, health care providers, daycare workers, coaches, social service providers, policy makers and others.
Among the unique contributions of this book is that the authors, Tatyana Barankin and Nazilla Khanlou, consider the development of resilience at three levels. Growing Up Resilient explores the individual, family and environmental risk and protective factors that affect young people’s resilience:
- individual factors: temperament, learning strengths, feelings and emotions, self-concept, ways of thinking, adaptive skills, social skills and physical health
- family factors: attachment, communication, family structure, parent relations, parenting style, sibling relations, parents’ health and support outside the family
- environmental factors: inclusion (gender, culture), social conditions (socio-economic situation, media influences), access (education, health) and involvement.
The book includes tips on how to build resilience in children and youth.
The ability for children and youth to bounce back from today’s stresses is one of the best life skills they can develop. Growing Up Resilient is a must-read for adults who want to increase resilience in the children and youth in their lives.
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What Parents Need to Know about Teen Risk-Taking acknowledges that adolescents are natural experimenters.
As your children and their friends approach the age when they are more likely to engage in risky behaviours, such as drinking, smoking, using other drugs or gambling, you may want to know how to prevent your teen from experimenting with these activities or at least keep them to a minimum. This can be a scary time for adolescents as well as their parents. Teens will face the pressures to experiment with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and may want to explore some gambling activities. As parents, you will face difficult situations, balancing your teen’s need to become more independent and autonomous while still providing the guidance and monitoring teens need at this time.
Written in chatty, down-to-earth language, What Parents Need to Know about Teens: Strategies for Reducing the Risks of Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs and Gambling addresses the challenges and risks that appear as your children move into adolescence. It suggests strategies for guiding your teens and maintain good relationships with them as they move through this stage of development.
- why adolescence is important
- why teens experiment and take risks (and why some don’t)
- and when experimenting becomes a problem.
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Learn how to build skills and strategies together, and have a happy and stress-free Back to School!
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