4 Things to Say to Middle Schoolers Who Struggle with Body Image
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by LeadYouth
4h ago
Middle schoolers are going through overwhelming physical changes while also facing societal pressure. This combination of trying to adjust to a growing body while conforming to the expectations of peers and social media can quickly lead to confusion and dissatisfaction with their bodies. You can help your tween win their struggle with body image by changing how you speak about their body – and your own. Take the Focus Off the Physical Try saying: “I love the way your mind works.”  Sometimes the best thing to say about someone’s body is nothing at all. Make it a household rule th ..read more
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How to Improve Your Body Image: From a Teenager to Teenagers
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by asteria
6d ago
Navigating the teenage years can often feel like a challenging journey. With so many changes happening—academics, friendships, family dynamics, and the inevitable physical transformations—it's understandable to occasionally feel uncertain about your body. However, it's essential to remember that you are incredible just as you are. Here at LeadYouth, we’ll provide you some practical strategies to help you cultivate a positive body image and enhance your self-confidence. 1. Understand What Body Image Is To begin, let's clarify what body image entails. It refers to how you perceive yourself ..read more
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Help Your Child Conquer Unrealistic Expectations from Social Media
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by LeadYouth
1w ago
If your child is in middle school, or even elementary school, you’ve probably had heated debates about when they’re old enough to go on social media. It’s hard to say no to your child’s request to join TikTok or go on YouTube when most likely all of their friends are online.  But there are dangers to social media. It can create insecurity in your child in terms of how they view their body, their social life, and even their mental health. If your child is using social media or wants to create an account, arm yourself to fight the myths perpetuated by these apps with facts.  Most ..read more
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3 Quality Summer Camps For Middle Schoolers Who Want to Excel
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by LeadYouth
2w ago
Many students spend their summers doing nothing but relaxing. While we all need a little time off every now and then, it’s important to balance their vacation time with activities that will not only lead to personal growth, but will help them succeed in the next school year.  Leadership and public speaking summer camps for middle schoolers are a great way to boost your child’s confidence and skills. With so many different camps out there, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your child. We’ve compiled our top three choices to help narrow down your options.   Le ..read more
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What Summer Camps Taught Me About Leadership
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by asteria
2w ago
Growing up, I’ve attended my fair share of summer programs. From investing day camps to an all-expenses-paid speech competition in Vermont, these camps all share one commonality—their enriching lessons on leadership. After all, I was surrounded by enthusiastic peers who wanted to learn and grow as much as I did.  However, with this collaboration came a set of challenges every leader faces. At summer camps, I learned that leadership isn't just about being in charge; it's about guiding and inspiring others towards a common goal. Here are some valuable lessons I picked up along the way: C ..read more
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Is Your Middle Schooler Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Help
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by LeadYouth
3w ago
Middle schoolers are in a time of transition, physically, socially, and psychologically. In the midst of all of this turmoil, there’s also increased pressure to do well in school. This pressure cooker creates students who are simply overwhelmed. As their parent, you can help your middle schooler refocus on what matters by helping them prioritize their schedule.  Create a Short-Term and Long-Term Schedule Sit with your student while they write down everything on their to do list, including the due dates. Organize the list putting the most urgent tasks first. Based on this list, create a ..read more
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How to Focus When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
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by asteria
3w ago
Feeling overwhelmed is something that almost every high school student can relate to at some point. With assignments piling up, extracurricular activities demanding attention, and social pressures looming, it's easy to feel like there's just too much to handle. However, despite these challenges, there are strategies you can employ to regain your focus and tackle your tasks effectively. Here are seven tips to help you stay focused when you're feeling overwhelmed: Prioritize Your Tasks: When you have multiple things to do, it's essential to prioritize them based on urgency and importance. Make ..read more
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How to Prepare Your Student for State Standardized Tests
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by LeadYouth
1M ago
State standardized tests evoke anxiety in students and teachers alike. These exams can be very intimidating to the students and cause parents to worry about their child’s performance.  Keep in mind that state standardized tests are used to set education policy, track patterns, and allocate resources. In other words, they’re not really about your child at all. While they should try to do their best, these exams do not determine future success or academic placement.  In preparing for these tests, don’t put additional pressure on your student. Instead, focus your energies on en ..read more
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How to Figure Out Your Feelings: Five Questions to Ask Yourself
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by asteria
1M ago
Because mental health is far from simple. Navigating the whirlwind of emotions that come with being a student can feel like trying to solve a puzzle without all the pieces. From exam stress to social pressures, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the rollercoaster of feelings that accompany academic life. But fear not, because understanding your emotions is within your grasp. Here are five questions specifically tailored to help students unravel the mysteries of their inner world. What am I feeling right now? Picture this: you're sitting in class, but instead of focusing on the lesson, your m ..read more
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4 Questions to Help Your Child Understand Their Emotions
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by LeadYouth
1M ago
As many parents know, simply asking, “How are you?”, is hardly ever helpful. Kids often don’t have words for their feelings or feel awkward expressing them. That means you might have to get creative to open up a conversation about feelings. Remove the “how are you question” from your vocabulary and try one of these instead.  What color are your feelings right now? A color is often an easier concept for elementary schoolers to grasp than big complex emotions like anger, sadness, disappointment, or embarrassment.  Kids start learning about colors at a young age and start to assoc ..read more
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