The less you respond to rude, critical, and argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become.
Executive Function and COVID-19
There is a special part of our brain that is responsible for executive function skills. These skills include our ability to organize, plan ahead, and especially important in this day and age of COVID-19 . . . our ability to sense danger. The problem is that this all takes place in the prefrontal cortex and this area of the brain does not fully develop until we are well into our 20’s.
Therefore children and teens may not sense COVID-19 danger and choose not to social distance. It is up to us as responsible parents to monitor and keep our kids safe. We need to make sure our teens are following social distancing. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure they follow the rules even when they are out in public places like a field, playground, or hanging out with their friends.
Don’t Be Led Blindly
Many studies have shown that people who speak first and loudest tend to persuade others to go along with their positions even when they are wrong. Teach your kids to always analyze and not be led blindly.
Michigan State Board of Education Policy: Student Options for Animal Dissection
Michigan State Board of Education Policy: Student Options for Animal Dissection Coursework
The Michigan State Board of Education recognizes that a growing number of students have moral, ethical, religious, or other objections to animal dissection and that modern nonanimal teaching methods (e.g., interactive computer software) are available. The State Board of Education also recognizes that these alternative teaching lessons may be more effective and less expensive. Consistent with the recommendations of leading science education organizations, to accommodate these students and create an inclusive learning environment, any K-12 student who objects to dissecting animals or animal parts should be permitted to opt out of dissection activities without fear of reprisal.
School districts should establish a written policy stating that options are available for students who object to dissection activities, and that upon written request, the school will permit a student who objects to dissection activities to demonstrate competency through an alternative method.
Teachers shall provide these students with an alternate project (i.e., completing modules on interactive computer software) that does not involve participating in or observing dissection and through which they can learn and be assessed on the material required by the course. The alternate project should be selected by the teacher and entail a comparable amount of work to the dissection activity.
No student shall be punished or discriminated against based up on his or her decision to opt out of animal dissection activities.
A student who is reluctant to voice his or her concerns about animal use in a particular course, or who thinks these concerns have not received proper attention, may seek assistance from their principal.
Controversial Student Athlete Standards – Natick MA
Some schools around the country have been raising the sports eligibility standards. For example the Natick Public Schools in Natick, MA have raised the academic standards for its athletes. They decided to send a message to student athletes that academics come first. If a student doesn’t pass all of their classes, they lose eligibility. As a result of the increased academic demands, 43 students out of more than 500 were deemed ineligible due to failing a class or receiving an incomplete. Previously Natick averaged 6 to 9 academically ineligible students per term. The intended result is to put the emphasis on having their education be their first priority.
Students who are removed from teams have to meet with coaches, guidance counselor, and parents to come up with an improvement plan. These students are then ineligible for the remainder of the term as well as the following term.
What do you think of these new rules?
Bike Theft & Kids
If your child rides a bike to school (or rides a bike at all for that matter), have them use a U-lock. Police claim that U-locks are the most effective locks for preventing theft.
Tomorrow we will take a look at what police say is the overall best way to keep your children’s bicycles safe from thieves.
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms & Children
TYPE 2 DIABETES
If your child experiences any of these conditions, bring them to a doctor at once. Although the symptoms can occur gradually, they must receive immediate medical attention.
٭ Blurred vision
٭ Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
٭ Frequent infections of the skin
٭ Recurring skin, gum or urinary tract infections
٭ Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
٭ Itching of skin and/or genitals
٭ Slow healing of cuts and bruises
٭ Any of the other symptoms listed under type 1 diabetes
Solution To Family Fighting
The most common time of day for family fights is dinnertime. Studies found parents and kids were at the most highly charged from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This may be due to parents just returning from work and everybody is hungry. To reduce fighting, hold off on difficult topics until everyone’s looked through the mail, eaten, and changed clothes.
Acne & Dairy Connection
One cause of stress among teenagers is acne. It can be a great source of humiliation and scarring for many. Unknown to most, diet may play a big factor in this condition. In fact, dairy products are the leading causes of acne according to studies. Research found that cow’s milk produces and stimulates hormones linked with acne.
Winter Weather Safety Tip #5: Skating Rinks
Winter Weather Safety Tip #5: It is always a safe bet to ice skate at skating rinks. This is because some ponds and lakes may not be frozen enough to handle a skater.
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