Social Issues

Why Manning Up is Killing You

2018-02-22T18:48:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Communication, Education, Health, Psychology, Relationships, Social Issues|

by Mike Sweeney I couldn’t believe what I was hearing on this gloriously sunny day. Whilst out walking the dog I heard this Dad shouting at his son. “Come on, you’re fine,” he said whilst walking ten meters ahead of his son. His little boy, who must have only been about five years old, was [...]

Why Having the Sex Talk Early and Often With Your Kids is Good for Them

2018-02-22T18:42:40+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Parenting, Relationships, Social Issues|

Veronica I. Johnson, The University of Montana and Guy Ray Backlund, New Mexico State University Parents may be uncomfortable initiating "the sex talk," but whether they want to or not, parents teach their kids about sex and sexuality. Kids learn early what a sexual relationship looks like. Broaching the topic of sex can be awkward. [...]

Teens aren’t just risk machines – there’s a method to their madness

2018-02-22T18:39:36+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Health, Parenting, Psychology, Social Issues|

Jessica Flannery, University of Oregon; Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon, and Jennifer Pfeifer, University of Oregon You know the conventional wisdom: Adolescents are impulsive by nature, like bombs ready to go off at the most minor trigger. Parents feel they must cross their fingers and hope no one lights the fuse that will lead to [...]

Our Kid’s Clothing Might be the Lesson We Need

2018-02-22T18:36:07+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Parenting, Social Issues|

by Lacey Byrne, Yellowbrick Staff Writer Over the summer, I ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen in a few years who was with her almost twelve-year-old daughter. From a distance I mistook the daughter for her son; because she was wearing gym shorts, a black sweatshirt and a baseball cap over newly cropped [...]

Girls Aren’t Meaner Than Boys. It Only Looks That Way.

2018-02-22T18:28:26+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Education, Parenting, Social Issues|

by Lisa Damour Girls can be mean. Really mean. Yet despite their widespread reputation for cruelty, we have little evidence that girls are meaner than boys. It’s no surprise to learn that boys are more likely than girls to use physical aggression, but we also know that boys surpass girls when it comes to attacking [...]

How Talented Kids from Low-Income Families become America’s ‘Lost Einsteins’

2018-02-22T18:19:47+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Parenting, Social Issues|

Alexander Bell, Harvard University; John Van Reenen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Raj Chetty, Stanford University, and Xavier Jaravel, London School of Economics and Political Science Innovation is widely viewed as the engine of economic growth. To maximize innovation and growth, all of our brightest youth should have the opportunity to become inventors. But a study [...]

Does America have a caste system?

2018-02-22T18:13:10+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Politics, Social Issues|

Subramanian Shankar, University of Hawaii In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans' new tax plan is a weapon of "class warfare," or accusations that the recent U.S. government shutdown was racist. As an India-born novelist and scholar who [...]

2 Times Every Day That Kids Notice Our Behavior

2018-02-07T17:49:18+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Parenting, Social Issues|

by Jessica Elliott We’ve all seen those kids. You know the ones. They race through the store, knocking over merchandise and running into people. The kids holding their noses or loudly exclaiming that they won’t eat that, whatever that is, at a crowded restaurant. We use adjectives, like wild or rude, to describe them (and their [...]

Helping Your Child to Learn That Feelings Pass

2018-02-07T17:42:48+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Communication, Education, Health, Parenting, Psychology, Relationships, Social Issues|

by Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R Teaching CBT or DBT to teens and young adults is a little like teaching surfing. You have to learn to ride things out. Feelings come and go. It’s no longer getting through it, or dealing with it or coping with it; it’s TOLERATING it. The number one thing I’ve [...]

Conversations With an Old-Timer

2018-02-07T17:27:20+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Parenting, Social Issues|

by Jessica Elliott Lending my ear to the old guy, perched on a bar stool, drinking his Miller Lite, reminded me that our world was much different less than one lifetime ago. In our time of instant-everything, limitless goods of all sorts, it’s easy to take our way of life for granted. I’m guilty of it [...]