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Teens are more stressed and anxious, but they don’t know why. Here’s how parents can help.

Article courtesy of The Washington Post.  The teenage years can be tough, marked with physical and emotional changes, new choices and responsibilities, and evolving relationships with the people who surround us. But a recent report shows that hormones aren’t the only thing troubling the teen years; young people are increasingly showing a general inability to identify the source of their angst and pain. These results have serious implications for those who care for kids. A review of more than 830,000 calls, text messages, ...

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Greg Snyder, Ph. D. | Boys Town Staff Psychologist

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Vaping and E-cigarettes – A Healthy Alternative to Smoking?

At first blush, it seems like a positive step: A former cigarette smoker switches to vaping, or using an e-cigarette. It seems good because the person is no longer inhaling the smoke from burning tobacco leaves and the associated additives — something the U.S. Surgeon General (and common sense) tells us is bad. Then consider the fact that cigarette smoking by teens is at an all-time low. So, good news, right? Not necessarily. While teen smoking is indeed at record lows, ...

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Pat Thomas | Boys Town Nebraska Family Helpline

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7 Steps to Help a Child Who Is Cutting

This article was originally published on momaha.com. When a parent discovers their child has been self-harming, their natural response can be panic. Rather than trying to imagine what they are thinking, focus on the behavior and what you can see, hear or measure. It is important to remember the following steps if you find out that your child is cutting. Try using these types of phrases: • “I see a cut on your arm; let me take a look at that.” • “I saw you made ...

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4 Tips for Supporting a Child with Depression

This article was originally shared on momaha.com. Depression affects kids in a variety of ways and can be situational or a constant in their life. There are a few things parents can do to help keep depression at bay and help their kids through this challenging time. Here are a few tips: 1. Implement routine and schedules for your kids throughout the day. For example, try to eat meals and snacks at similar times during the day. If your kids are school-age, implement a ...

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The Four Things I Learned Parenting My Anxious Child

Foreword: When to Get Help and What to Expect By: Kristin Abbondate, Pd.D. | Boys Town Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Team As a child psychologist, I spend at least part of my day discussing anxiety with children, adolescents, and their families. Anxiety effects everyone; however, for some people, anxiety can cause significant impairment academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. For those families, seeking professional help can be useful.  Cause for concern? Your child or teen is unable to complete NEEDED or WANTED activities ...

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Trauma, Tragedy and Children

An earthquake in China kills thousands. A suicide bomber in Iraq destroys a mosque during Friday prayer. A gunman takes the lives of scores of innocents in a Florida nightclub. On every television, on every device, tragedy is everywhere. Sometimes the tragedy may be closer to home, such as the death of a friend or family member. So, how should you address these situations with children in school? The first thing to understand is that children are exceptionally resilient. They’re often ...

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By Connie J. Schnoes, Boys Town Psychologist and Behavioral Expert

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Sleep Problems in Anxious or Worried Teens

Any event that causes a person to feel that their safety or their life or the lives of others are at serious risk is considered a traumatic event. The resulting response manifests in many ways — emotionally, psychologically and/or physically. Teenagers are already experiencing a wide range of emotions, so if your teen experiences a traumatic event, his/her response may seem overwhelming to both of you. Anxiety, depression and anger are common reactions to trauma, and for teenagers, any or all ...

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Dr. Reznicek, Boys Town High School

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Preparing for a Real-World Future

Graduating from high school can often evoke both a sense of elation and uncertainty. We’ve made it . . . now what? At Boys Town, we try our best to remove that uncertainty from the equation. Our kids typically go on to college or the military or into the workforce, prepared to reach their potential – whatever that may be. For those not on the college or military tracks, entering the workforce is the primary goal. For these students, Boys Town offers a ...

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Christina Kreikemeier, Boys Town Alum and Mentoring Instructional Facilitator

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I Found a Home at Boys Town

My life has always been a little tumultuous. When I was just a few days old, my father tried to sell me on the black market for money. Sometimes my grandmother would say it would’ve been better if she had let him because I would’ve had a better life. I always disagreed with her. You see, if my grandmother hadn’t intervened, I never would have had the opportunity to come to Boys Town, Nebraska. Yes, I came to Boys Town because of ...

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Dan Daly, Executive Vice President, Director of Youth Care, Boys Town

 

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Kids and Crisis: Tragedies in Orlando

This has been a truly terrible week for the people of Orlando, Florida, and for the nation as a whole. Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent tragic events. For parents of young children, times like these — when you can’t seem to turn on a TV or open a web browser without seeing scenes of violence and tragedy — can be extremely difficult. It is impossible to shield your kids from all media. As a result, kids ...

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Dan Daly, Executive Vice President, Director of Youth Care, Boys Town

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Candidates Miss Opportunity to Address At-Risk Children

The article was previously published on Roll Call. Presidential candidates are quick to complain that an extended campaign means giving the same rote answers to the same rote questions, the same stump speech to the same political reporters.   But if the candidates take advantage of this time, the campaign is actually an opportunity to have a discussion about a national crisis that, to date, has gone under the radar: how our next leader plans to care for the hundreds of thousands ...

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Sonya Brown, Boys Town Louisiana Alum and Staff Member

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Sharing My Story of Change

I recently had the privilege of participating in a hearing with three Louisiana state senators to address the needs of young women who are involved in the juvenile justice system. In one-on-one meetings, we discussed juvenile justice in the foster care system, specifically how foster care youth are often arrested for status offenses like running away from foster home placements. I am personally aware of what these youth experience. You see, I was one of those runaways just a few short ...

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Father Steven Boes, Boys Town National Executive Director 

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When Children Must Grieve

Recently at Boys Town, our kids went through the sad, painful experience of losing one of their friends and fellow residents. The young man who passed away was well liked, a good student and a good athlete, and on his way to a bright future. His death was a shock to our boys and girls, not only because of its suddenness but also because most young people are not prepared to deal with the loss of someone their own age. We ...

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Dr. Dan Daly, Executive Vice President of Youth Care

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Tips for Helping Your Kids in the Aftermath of a Tragedy

This post was first published on Momaha.com. Today’s world can be a scary place for kids. With stories about shootings and accidents in the news on a regular basis, and this week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, it’s impossible to shield kids from the realities of life. We can, however, help them cope with the events and continue to move forward. Everyone – including kids – is hard-wired to recover from crisis events and has “built-in” coping mechanisms. Therefore, it is normal for kids to ...

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A Desperate Call for Help is Answered

The following is an actual letter from a young woman who was engaging in self-harm. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I remember learning of the Your Life Your Voice website when I was around eighteen, and I used it often between the ages of eighteen and twenty. I have struggled with self-harm for about four and a half years. I remember at my lowest points I was self-harming badly multiple times a day, and I’ve ...

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Kristin E. Bieber, Ph.D., a staff psychologist with Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health

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Self-Harm: Signs, Prevention and How to Talk to Children, Adolescents About It

This post was first published on Momaha.com. Self-harm can sometimes first occur at the transition between childhood to adolescence. It's around this time that adolescents begin to think more about their feelings, pay more attention to peers’ behaviors and place more of an emphasis on fitting in. Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health shares information to help prevent and respond to self-harm. How is self-harm prevented? The first step in addressing self-harm is educating parents. Upon discovering their adolescent is self-harming, parents may become ...

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Thoughts of a Self-Harming Teen

As Boys Town counselors, we deal with the issue of self-harm on an almost daily basis. In result, we gain a unique insight into why teens engage in an activity that seems so unfathomable to parents. The following are actual statements made by teens whom at one point in their lives, engaged in self-harm: “Why sit, and wait, and dwell on your feelings, when in less than two minutes you could let them out, and then go on with your day?” “I'm worried ...

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The Importance of Talking to Your Kids About Addiction

Starting the conversation early is very important when it comes to drugs and alcohol. These days, kids are exposed to these vices at an ever-younger age, which means that it’s crucial to educate them now on how to handle situations that may come up. Try to find “teachable moments” during your interactions with your kids. If your child is a little younger, consider these two examples: • If your child sees someone who is acting drunk, you can explain to him or ...

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What If Your Child Were Bullied? Would You Be Able to Help?

It’s any parent’s worst nightmare. Your child comes home from school in tears and heads straight to his room. He won’t tell you what happened because he’s terrified you’ll call the school or, worse, call the parents of the classmate whose torment has brought him to this state. Your heart is breaking and you feel helpless. Add in the fact that you keep seeing stories in the news about kids just like him who ended up taking their own lives—bullied ...

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When Kids Can’t Make Sense of the World, Sensitive Parenting Is a Must

Recently in the news, we saw the heart-breaking photos of a little boy whose body had washed up on a beach after he drowned during his family’s attempt to flee their war-torn homeland of Syria. The family was part of a group of refugees who were desperately trying to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece in an inflatable boat. The boat capsized and the little boy, his brother and mother were among the 12 people who did not survive. Parents often ...

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Erin Sorensen, Online Engagement Specialist and Cheerleading Coach at Boys Town

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Over Commitment: How to Know When Too Much Is Too Much

Not long ago, I had to stop one of my cheerleaders and tell her to take a deep breath. She was rushing from volleyball practice to make it to cheer practice on time and she was flustered. She had misplaced her volleyball jersey and now her cheer bow was gone. The stress was visibly noticeable on her face. “Breathe,” I informed her. She nodded, took a breath and grabbed her pom-poms. She’s not the only youth I coach who is involved in ...

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By Dan Daly, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Director of Youth Care at Boys Town

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Ensuring Quality Residential Care for Kids Is Our Top Priority

Throughout Boys Town’s history, one of our most important guiding principles has been to always do what is in the best interests of children or families so they have the greatest opportunity to find healing and success. This is why we developed our Integrated Continuum of Care®. The Continuum includes in-home and community-based programs that allow more children to get the help they need while remaining with their families (whenever possible) or during short-term stays in foster care. Still, Boys Town ...

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Boys Town Admissions: Finding the Kids Who Need Our Help

Boys Town is a place where kids get second chances and learn how to make good choices. At Boys Town Admissions, we work every day to find boys and girls who are ready to turn their lives around and experience success in school, at home and in their community. Our residential program at Boys Town is made up a diverse population of youngsters who come here from all over the country. Some have gotten into trouble with the law and have ...

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Our Services, Our Stories

Boys Town does a LOT. We have a vast set of services, and it’s a challenge for us to tell our story, because there is so much that we cover. So, we’re providing you with descriptions of our services AND letting those we’ve helped tell their stories about how they were helped by our services. Read or watch—either way, you will be glad you did. The Boys Town Family Home Program provides a family for children ages 10 to 18. Six ...

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Every Child and Family is Worth Saving

Photo from Landfill Harmonic YouTube. I saw a video the other day that reminded me just how beautiful the human spirit is. The video, Landfill Harmonic, is about people who live in a slum on a landfill in Cateura, Paraguay. Despite their dismal and impoverished surroundings, they create violins, cellos and other musical instruments out of recycled trash. Then they give the instruments to children so they learn how to play and develop a love of music. Watch their amazing story. These residents ...