How to Truly Encourage Children

Praise kids for ACTIONS and EFFORT, not for natural gifts like intelligence. And remember that intelligence isn’t a virtue; criminals can be intelligent, too. In comparison, having wisdom and pursuing knowledge are virtues. Did you know that kids who are consistently praised for being “smart” are more likely to cheat to get good […]

Nature and Mental Health

Environment can play a huge roll in a person’s emotional well-being. An unpleasant environment can often evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, or helplessness. Being in nature, however, can result in the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress. Even viewing pictures of nature can produce this calming effect. In a study done by Mind, it […]

A Christian Perspective on 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why, a controversial Netflix series released on April 1 of this year, has sparked a great deal of discussion amongst teenagers and adults alike. The show’s main character, Hannah, is a junior in high school that commits suicide after a slew of unfortunate, but sadly somewhat common, teenage experiences. She leaves a […]

Screen Dependence

Screen dependence is becoming more and more present in today’s technological age. Dr. David Greenfield says, “Internet and portable devices have a healthy role to play in our information age. However, the very nature of the internet also lends itself to overuse and abuse, encouraging behaviors that are counter productive, isolating and disruptive to […]