Tag Archives: For Teens

Aaacckk!! Helping Teen Athletes with Pre-competition Anxiety – Part 1

As I was working on this post I realized that the topic was much too broad for just one post so I have broken into two. In Part 1 I mainly focus on things that teens can do (with your support) to help themselves with pre-competition anxiety. In Part 2 I will discuss more about what you as a parent or coach can do to help. Of course, I’m sure I will revisit pre-competition anxiety, and related topics, in the future.
 
Helping Teen Athletes with Pre-Competition Anxiety 

Many of us have experienced the rush of standing on the sideline just before a competition. The noise of the crowd, last minute instructions from your coach and the excitement from the team! It can be completely invigorating … or totally overwhelming.

Everyone feels some level of nervousness or anxiety before a game or performance. Anxiety is a totally normal feeling and in many cases is helpful for competition.

We have all experienced some physical symptoms of anxiety Continue reading

Why Your Teen Needs To Connect With Their Teachers

Why Your Teen Needs To Connect With Their Teachers

As someone who has spent many years working in schools, a couple of those as a teacher, I will tell you the shocking truth … teachers do have favorite students. There, I said it. That doesn’t mean that other students are treated poorly and the favorites get special treatment, but it can give them a leg up.

The “favorite” student isn’t necessarily the one who is the brightest, or the most serious … it’s most often the one who is friendly and memorable, the one who stops by to say hi. When you teach over 100 students a day (as most high school teachers do) it can be hard to remember each student on a personal level. Teachers want to build relationships with students so the ones who make an effort to connect stand out. Continue reading

Don’t Stand By, Stand Up

Don't Stand By, Stand Up

You’re walking down the hall at school, you see a new kid being harassed by some jocks. On Facebook you see a bunch of really mean posts about another girl. You know it’s wrong, but what can you do? If you see bullying, but don’t do anything about it Continue reading

We Need to Talk

Breaking up is hard to do

It seems like we spend a lot of time talking about how to make relationships work, but we don’t talk about how to end a relationship. Most people have many boy/girlfriends throughout their teen and young adult years. Obviously not all of these relationships are going to work out. Continue reading

No more drama

No More DramaFriend drama. None of us want it in our lives and yet sometimes it rears its ugly head. As an adult I like to think that I don’t have the kind of drama that runs rampant in high schools and middle schools, not so much. Continue reading

Back to school … a fresh start

Back to school - books and leaves

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It seems like back-to-school starts earlier every year. I’m pretty sure I saw school supplies being put out in stores on the 4th of July. Notebooks, pens, paper, binders and cute back to school clothes. You can’t go anywhere without being reminded that your summer is almost over. Continue reading