Tell me the truth!

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Tell me the truth - Teacher with teenage studentsIssue – Truth
How do you know when someone is telling the truth or when you should tell the truth?

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Truth is about perception of accuracy. Share your perception not as fact (i.e. closed minded), but rather as “This was my experience…” This creates a space for dialogue and understanding. When one is overly confident in their truth, it is perceived as attacking. It can be inferred that this person must be wrong/lying if they need to be so righteous.

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Parents and kids get caught up in what is the truth to the point of it becoming a power struggle, fight, breach of trust, etc. A parent and child process information through their senses equating to a different perception/truth. The truth is to understand what’s underneath the perception by creating a space to talk about ideas, feelings, and needs.

Youth and Health Education in Schools, Part 2

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Join co-hosts Eric Komoroff (www.communityofunity.org) and Jason Stein, PhD (www.iRyze.com), as they continue to discuss youth and health education in schools.

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Dr. Stein comments on ABC News in regards to children and anxiety

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Please view the link: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=6480279

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed surprising news: More and more children are experiencing anxiety.

Helping your child deal with it first requires being able to recognize it.

“I guess it doesn’t surprise me given what’s going on in the world, with the economy and the election and everything,” said one mother.

“I think everybody’s anxiety is up 50, 60 percent because of the economy, the stresses of life. I just think the children feed off the parents,” said Drew Gordon, a father.

“Kids do feel our anxiety,” said Dr. Jason Stein, psychologist.

Kids are very good at communicating. It’s just if us, as adults, are good at listening.

Recognizing the signs can be tricky. Child psychologist Jason Stein says anxiety is feeling something you’re unable to express or identify.

“In the younger children, most anxiety will look more like irritability. The kid that’s maybe a little hyperactive has a difficult time focusing on activities, maybe doesn’t follow directions so well,” said Stein.

Older kids may show anxiety by being more rebellious or defiant. They may break rules, cheat in school or constantly show up late.

A National Institutes of Health study focused on 7- to 17-year-olds with separation-anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia. The study found that cognitive therapy, combined with antidepressants, was the most effective treatment.

While that is positive news, Dr. Stein says parents should know a few things about their kids before seeking treatment.

“One of the most important things, in terms of our relationship with our children, is really getting to know who they are around, what is their emotional world,” said Stein. “If we’re not attuned to their needs — understanding who they are and what they need — then they will find other ways to get our attention.”

Dr. Stein went on to say that “Kids are very good at communicating. It’s just if us, as adults, are good at listening.”

Dr. Stein says if your kids are acting outside of what is considered normal for them, then it might be time to seek some professional help.

UCLA researchers took part in the child/adolescent anxiety multi-modal study.

Motivation vs. Fear

Its always better to find something to move toward as a motivation vs. being afraid of something you want to move away from.

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Always better to have the conversation- say how YOU feel and what YOU need- the only way people know where you are coming from.

Youth and Discussing Politics

Join co-hosts Eric Komoroff (www.communityofunity.org) and Dr, Jason Stein (www.iRyze.com) in discussing the important and timely topic of politics, especially in this polarizing election year.

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Youth and Setting Goals

Join Co-hosts Eric Komoroff (www.communityofunity.org) and Jason Stein, PhD (www.iRyze.com) as they discuss the important subject of teaching our young to set goal and use those goals as a way of achieving success, whether in academics or in interpersonal relations.

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Youth and Health Education in Schools

Join co-hosts Eric Komoroff (www.communityofunity.org) and Jason Stein, PhD (www.iRyze.com), as they discuss this important topic with Ian Forster, the East Coast Regional for HealthCorps, a national non-profit that focuses on preventative and inclusive health education in high schools. In his current position, Ian supports and advises all HealthCorps school sites in NY, NJ, DE., MD., and  DC.  Prior to this role, Ian worked as a Coordinator for two years in New York City’s Lower East Side Preparatory School.

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