Category Archives: Constructive Use of Time

Encourage Creativity in Adolescence

Young children are full of creativity and strong imagination. They explore their world with few boundaries. But as children enter adolescence, they become self-conscious and face intense pressure to conform. Most teens don’t want to stand out, and their longing to fit in inevitably reduces their creativity. At first glance, this might not seem like such a bad thing. After

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Fun, Socially-Distanced Holiday Activities with Teens

The holidays are normally full of fun social engagements. From New Year’s Eve parties to holiday gatherings with family to outings with friends, this time of year is normally a busy season of close encounters with those we love. Sadly, the 2020 pandemic has made almost all of those activities unsafe. While we could let these circumstances rob the joy

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Ways High School Students Can Get Extracurricular Activities During the Pandemic

For many teens, the pandemic has shut down or cancelled many extracurricular activities that are so critical to the college admissions process. With no school clubs, part-time jobs, volunteer projects, or sports, how are high school students going to get the experience colleges seem to prioritize? Never fear! There are actually lots of ways for teenagers to build their college

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Prepping for an Unusual Summer During a Pandemic

Summer 2020 will be unlike any summer your child has ever experienced. Many plans and activities have changed or been cancelled due to fears of spreading COVID-19. Part-time jobs for teens are in short supply. Parents fret over whether sports, pools, theme parks, and other amusements are safe. Camps and youth programs are cancelled or moved to online. Many vacation

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Positive Resolutions Teens Can Make for the New Year

The tradition of New Year Resolutions stretches back thousands of years. It’s a perfect time to reflect on what is, and is not, working in our lives and consider how to improve our lifestyle moving forward. If your teen expresses interest in making a resolution, here are a few good ideas: Stay Unplugged After Bedtime Researchers have proven that teens

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Encouraging Extracurriculars

Experts believe that extracurricular activities are very important to a youth’s development. After-school programs, sports, part-time jobs, clubs and other activities can offer youth a safe and supervised haven and a chance to learn new skills. These skills can be critical in helping youth prepare for adulthood and avoid behavior problems. There are many benefits to extracurricular activities: Benefits of

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4 Reasons Teens Should Look for a Summer Job

Many teens are torn about whether they want to get a summer job. Some want to earn their own money, while others would rather spend their summer focusing on extracurricular activities or downtime. Some worry that they simply won’t be able to find a job. While every family’s situation is different, there are some very good reasons for us to

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The Problems of Over-Scheduled Teens

There are many benefits to extracurricular activities in the lives of adolescents. These activities can instill values, such as discipline, cooperation, responsibility, respect, and teamwork. They can also teach teens important skills, such as time management, conflict resolution and problem solving. Extracurriculars can expose youth to new ideas that build their confidence, expand their creativity, and even prepare them for

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Study Proves Benefits of the Arts on Low-Income Neighborhoods

A two-year study by researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania has revealed a relationship between the presence of cultural resources in a neighborhood and key aspects of social wellbeing, particularly in less advantaged neighborhoods. Low- and moderate-income residents in New York City neighborhoods with many cultural resources are healthier, better educated, and

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#GivingTuesday Offers Way to Develop Compassion in Youth

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Directly combating the materialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season and provides a worldwide

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Great Summer Jobs for Youth

A part-time job is an excellent and constructive use of teens’ free time during the summer break. The benefits of summer employment include: earning spending money, obtaining valuable work experience for a resume, learning time management skills, developing new confidence and independence, gaining workplace skills to be more marketable in the future, and providing the opportunity for your teen to

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