From our archives: When I was 19, I completed my first stint in rehab. I never really wanted to get into ‘the hard stuff’, so I got my highs through alcohol. It was never really a high I was after, though; I simply wanted to escape into another world, to forget about a loss that is still too hard to talk about.
From our archives: More than one in five children in the U.S. has been bullied and nearly 40 percent report having been assaulted by other youths, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Centers for Disease Control considers bullying to be a major public health problem.
From our archives: Guest blogger, Paul Dooley, talks about his experience with anxiety. “Fear is without a doubt a world-class attention grabber. And in 1999 it had me glued to myself. After experiencing my first panic attack, I spent several months possessed by worry.”
Young children are at an important age for mental development. If a father is helping raise a child, the demonstration of his love and support has an important role in the child’s emotional development into a caring individual.
Paul Bloom, PhD, argues that empathy makes the world worse. In a video released by The Atlantic, he addresses why he views empathy to be a fault. In response to the release of this video, Rachel Elizabeth Maley and Joe Evans argue that empathy is not the cause of the world’s problems.
There will be times when parents notice that their child continues to struggle significantly with social skills, despite lots of discussions, role modeling, practice and effort. Seeking additional assistance for your child’s social development might be the next step.
Some children have difficulty communicating openly, others communicate in ways that may negatively affect a friendship, and others may be struggling with social rejection by their peers, but there are ways to work through these issues when developing social skills.