By GalTime Parenting Pro, Michele Borba, Ed.D.
Terrorism. War. School shootings. Pedophiles. Recession. Suicide bombings. Cyberbullying. Kidnappings. Killer floods. Global warming. Earthquakes and tsunamis.
Let's face it; we live in frightening times. But if you are feeling a bit jittery about current events or a troubled economy, imagine how our kids must feel. Talk of uncertain times permeates the world around them. Television images of real disasters reinforce their fears.
Make no mistake: the image of the world as a mean and scary place is affecting our kids' well-being. I recently worked with the schools in a glorious Norman Rockwell-type community in Pennsylvania. Picture perfect. Idyllic. Just plain wonderful. I spent time talking to a group of students, as I always do before addressing the parents, community and staff. It's my way of getting a pulse on teen concerns.
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