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Kids Need More Than Sports for Positive Growth   Leave a comment

(HealthDay News) — If you want your children to flourish, get them involved in extracurricular activities other than sports, new research suggests.

Children in fifth, sixth and seventh grades who took part in both sports and after-school activities such as Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H or Scouts had the highest scores for “positive development” and the lowest scores for risky and problem behavior, according to a study from Tufts University, published recently in Developmental Psychology.

“Positive development” includes measures of competence, confidence, character, connection and caring, the study authors explained.

About 60 percent of U.S. children participate in at least one sport, making sports the most common after-school activity, according to information in a news release from Tufts.

Although a large body of research suggests that sports participation is associated with psychological well-being, positive social development and higher academic and professional achievement, some research has shown that participation in sports may be linked to some risky behaviors.

The new study, which looked at data on 1,357 adolescents who took part in the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, found that those students who only took part in sports had lower scores on characteristics of “positive development” and higher scores on bullying, substance use and depression than students who also took part in youth development activities.

“Parents should be certain that their teens balance participation in sports and in youth development programs,” said Richard Lerner, professor of child development at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences in Boston. “Participation in even one youth development program may counteract possibly detrimental influences of sport participation on teen emotional and behavioral health, while also enhancing the health and well-being of their sons and daughters.”

Youth development programs are after-school activities that involve adult mentorship, life skills training and opportunities for leadership, according to the study.

 

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Posted April 28, 2011 by sotpyouth in Uncategorized

I wasn't an angry person until I had teenagers.   Leave a comment

Does it seem like we are typically worn down and our fuses are shorter now that our kids are getting to be teenagers? Are they doing things that you didn’t think a person could be programmed to do? Are their demands getting more and more…well, demanding?

 

Read on from homeward.com…

Question:

I never saw myself as an angry person until my children became teenagers! Now it seems they are always wearing me down. My husband and I both work hard and there is way too much tension in the home. How can we pull it together?

Answer:

H.A.L.T. That’s what I have written on a piece of paper on my desk. Hurting… Angry… Lonely… Tired… When I find myself sensing any of the above feelings I know I need to HALT and get some perspective or if left untended my stress level will soar.

If I don’t take care of those needs I find myself making lousy parenting and marriage decisions. Life’s not easy. Parenting isn’t easy. Take time in the midst of your fast paced lifestyle to reduce your tension level. Take a walk. Read a Psalm. Watch a funny movie. Pay attention to your anger before it gets the best of you. If these simple ideas don’t work then by all means do the surgery it takes to reduce your stress load. Notice that I used the word surgery. To make the right decisions you may need to reduce your income, activities, and/or busy lifestyle choices. No easy answers here only difficult decisions. Too many times we look for the quick fix instead of making the necessary decisions our heart and mind tells us to make.

Posted April 18, 2011 by sotpyouth in General, Uncategorized

The Ups and Downs of Teen Romances   Leave a comment

What’s Really Going On With Significant Others?

An article from David R. Smith

Girls get a manicure and pedicure. Guys get a haircut and call up a friend to brag about who they’re going out with that night. These are just a few of the things teenagers do before the date.

But what are they doing during the date?

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Posted April 14, 2011 by sotpyouth in Uncategorized

Facts & Dreams

"Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet." -Victor Hugo