Beating the Summer Baking Heat

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When it’s hot out the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven and make it hotter! Did you know you can still make delicious desserts and get around the heat by baking with your slow cooker?

These Crockpot S’mores Cookies for example would make a delicious summer treat without the extra heat!

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Major in Social Media?

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One college in New Jersey is opening a center for social media study and will be offering a business degree with a concentration in social media marketing. New programs like these are suggesting that social media is here to stay, and will be a major way that all types of business will market in the future.

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Does my child have depression?

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It can be tough to decide whether you believe your child has depression or does not. Why is that? Mental health symptoms happen on the inside – they don’t show up like a rash on the skin that everyone can see. When symptoms show up on the inside, the only way you can “see” them, is by the person explaining to you how they feel, or by what you see as their behavior. If they are also having trouble understanding how they feel and are worried about what you will think if they say anything, they might not share that with you. That is one good reason why if you are the least bit worried, a good idea is to ask your doctor for help figuring it out.

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Teen Driving Agreements: Easier said than done

The number 1 cause of death in adolescents is motor vehicle accidents. Having a talk with your teen about safe driving can be one of the most important talks you have. Studies show that sitting down and making a parent-teen driving agreement or setting limits and rules for driving – like not having friends in the car – can help your child stay safe. But easier said than done, right?!

Check out the video below and youngdriverparenting.org on tips how:

Do you think this video was helpful? Have you made a safety agreement with your child before? Share your tips below!

What site is that?

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Do you ever feel like you can’t keep up with all the new social media websites? Each year the Pew Research Center puts out a report on social media usage. This report  provides us with the most popular sites that we often use, with Facebook being the most favored of the social media platforms.  Most of the names often come as no surprise and might be ones you use as well!

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Why I Stopped Self Harming

Trigger Warning: Self Harm 

I recently found this article called 8 Brutally Honest Reasons I’ve Stopped Self-Harming and I found it to be very interesting and honest. Self Harm is something that many adolescents struggle with daily and it’s not easy to overcome.

One way to change the behavior is to turn it into something else, one suggestion I saw was to use a sharpie or a washable marker to draw or doodle on your body instead of cutting, which could turn into drawing in a special notepad. Both of which are safer and healthier than cutting.

Did you read the article? What are your thoughts? Has your adolescent self-harmed? What other coping strategies could you use or suggest to someone struggling with this? How do you support your child when they are in crisis?

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If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.