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Livia McCoy
Let Your Kids Try—Even if They Might Fail

Aug 25, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Sometimes, your child might want to try out for a sport or take art lessons, even when you know she really doesn’t have the aptitude for it. It is tempting to discourage her from trying, because it is hard to watch your chi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Behavior Management, From Classroom to Home

Aug 20, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

We as adults have come to know actions involved in doing a good job or behaving. As teachers all over the country start a new school year, one of their first priorities is to establish a good, workable behavior management env... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why School Dress Codes Matter

Jul 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Many families are getting ready to go back to school. It is important to give some thought to appropriate clothing to wear. Most schools have a dress code; and, most adolescents don’t like it! Schools have dress codes f... Read more
Livia McCoy
Over-Praising Your Kids Can Hold Them Back

Jul 14, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In her new book, Getting Real, Gretchen Carlson tells a story about her son. His hockey team had just won a tournament, yet he didn’t seem as happy as his mom expected him to be. He told her that everyone on the teams g... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Power of Positive Attention for Teens

Jul 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Human beings need the attention of others. We need to interact with one another and to feel accepted and loved. When teens misbehave, they often do so to get the attention of their peers or the adults in their lives. Years ag... Read more
Livia McCoy
Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Parents

Jun 23, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

Many experts warn children about the dangers of the Internet. We teach our children to never give their name, address, or phone number to anyone online. We watch them while online to make sure they do not visit inappropriate ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Keys To Helping Your Child Be Successful in School—and in Life

Jun 02, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Livia McCoy, High School

In a few short days, I will watch another class of seniors walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. It is always an emotional time, because I have worked with many of these students for several years and s... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Your Child Deal With Worrying News Stories

May 12, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Parents need to be mindful of how their children are feeling when the news is full of frightening events. Stories about violent protests, natural disasters, and political turmoil are prominent on every news source. Adolescent... Read more
Livia McCoy
Help Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Mar 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Teens spend a lot of time on social networks. We have all heard of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook; but have you also heard of Whisper, Vine, and Yik Yak? It is difficult to keep up in the digital world when it is changing... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teens and Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

Feb 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School, Healthy Kids, Anxiety

When students smoke marijuana, they typically do not do well in school. I was curious about whether the recent state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use have affected the number of teens who smoke it regularly. A r... Read more