Integrity Matters

Integrity Matters

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Browne, Jr. Integrity: How Families Teach and Live Their Values By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD We live in an age where integrity often takes a back seat to power and material success ­— where “the end justifies the means” is a mantra for too many adults who influence children. Nowhere has this mantra played out more publicly than in U.S. politics, where deceit, dishonesty, and relentless bullying from all sides shows children the flip side of integrity. Whether responding to a stranger’s Facebook post about a social issue or a friend’s unkind comment READ ENTIRE ARTICLE...

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The Upside of Teen Risk-Taking

The Upside of Teen Risk-Taking

“Most of us associate teen risk-taking with drug and alcohol use. What if we looked at the upside of this normal teen propensity and supported kids in finding “natural highs” without alcohol or drugs? Marilyn Price-Mitchell reviews how activities like rock climbing, cross-country biking, community service, and other experiences can help kids get out of their comfort zone, learn to deal with discomfort and build resilience. This has been part of a successful national strategy in Iceland to decrease drug and alcohol usage. What might work on Bainbridge Island? ” Cezanne Allen, M.D. Why Risk-Taking May Increase Teen Happiness  By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD One of the first things you might associate with teenagers is their risk-taking behavior. And most of the time, those associations are negative. Right? That’s because we are deluged with stories of troubled youth whose risk-taking actions got out of hand —sometimes with tragic results. But what if there was a flip-side to youth risk-taking? A side that would make us encourage teenagers to stretch their comfort zones? In a recent article, What Happy People Do Differently, positive psychologists, Robert Biswas-Diener and Todd Kashdan, claim READ ENTIRE...

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Resilience: Growing From Adversity

Resilience: Growing From Adversity

  “Being able to manage stress and function well even when faced with the inevitable challenges life will throw us is a key trait to thriving in life.  Parents of kids of any age owe it to their children to read Marilyn Price Mitchell’s superb article packed with ways parents can make a positive difference and foster this important ability.” Cezanne Allen, M.D. Resilience: How Families Grow From Adversity By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD Most of us want to protect our children from struggle.   After all, if we shoulder their burdens, they’ll be happier, right? Not usually. Children are happiest when parents scaffold their children’s ability to tackle life’s challenging experiences. This kind of scaffolding is necessary from a very young age. As children grow to become… READ ENTIRE...

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Everyday Ways to Teach Kids About Sexual Consent

Everyday Ways to Teach Kids About Sexual Consent

“It’s never too early or too late to help kids develop the capacity for healthy relationships. With multiple sexual assaults in the news over the last 6 months, teaching our kids about sexual consent seems more relevant than ever as a key skill in the healthy relationship toolbox. As parents, it can feel scary to bring up loaded issues like sexual consent and many of us don’t have a clue where to start. Luckily, the following article can help to lower our anxiety. We empower our children through routine, everyday actions in which we model for children regard for their bodies, boundaries and emotions. As our children experience our respect for them in everyday ways, they are more likely to regard their own and other people’s bodies with respect and integrity as well.” Nicole Hayford, Parent Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Naval Base Kitsap Counselor, Bainbridge Youth Services 5 Everyday Ways to Teach Your Kids about Consent by Lisa McCrohan Sexual consent can be tough to explain to young kids. But this psychotherapist has some advice. My daughter and I are waiting in the exam room for the pediatrician. We are here for her annual wellness checkup. And from the moment our pediatrician walks through the door, she is all about focusing on my daughter. She looks my daughter in the eyes and kindly greets her. She shakes her hand. She addresses my daughter with her questions. She explains READ WHOLE...

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Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

In this podcast, BCB host Christina Hulet explores the ability to create and sustain healthy relationships – what psychologists call sociability – with soccer coach Ballan Campeau of BIFC club soccer and the Bainbridge High School team, and two of his athletes, Tyler Moravec and Quinn Millerd. How can we help youth create and sustain positive, healthy relationships? It’s an important question for all of us, adults and youth alike, and yet we all know how messy and challenging relationships can be. Who among us is able to navigate all of our relationships well? To be successful at relationships, we need a number of skills: active listening, compassion, boundary setting, collaboration, and the ability to regulate one’s emotions and impulses. It is a lifelong journey. In sharing their experiences of creating solid relationships on the soccer field and beyond, Ballan, Tyler and Quinn encourage us, as parents and community members, to think about what we might do from the sidelines to foster these skills and better support our youth. Credits: BCB host: Christina Hulet; BCB studio tech: Channie Peters; BCB audio editor and social media publisher: Diane Walker. Thanks to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting for supporting the “Beyond the Report Card: Cultivating What Matters”...

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