Many of you have probably seen the highlights about David Huff; he is a pitcher on the Cleveland Indians, who got hit directly in the head by a line drive from Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez a few months ago (http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5232792). Luckily, Mr. Huff was not seriously injured from this. However, many children are not as lucky and sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year. Current estimates indicate that approximately 180 out of 100,000 children will attain a TBI during their lifetimes.
Even though it feels dangerous to have your middle schooler committed to the rules of a clique, it is an important part of their development of a sense of belonging. If you’re starting to get worried, you might want to get more information before you take action. Do you communicate well with your child? It will be very important to empathize with your child’s desire to fit in with a group as this is a very normal part of their development.
Cliques tend to have strict rules about how to act, who to socialize with, and even what to wear. This can be fun and lead to strong connections with their peers. If you find yourself wondering if it’s gone too far or if you should intervene, first consider your child’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors as you determine what kind of impact their friendships are having on their daily life (inside and outside of school). Read more
If this is a family with a history of bad behavior and gun usage, then there may be some more power to the story. If this is a child with many psychological problems including behavioral and aggression, then we would have to discuss more. However, simply bringing a plastic toy gun to school and being expelled from school at the age of seven is a tough one. Would it make more sense to give the parents the consequence for even buying it for him? For not checking his backpack? For negligence? At least the kid would still be in school.
What if he was ten and had that plastic gun? I would ask the same questions. If he is a kind and sweet seven-year-old or ten-year-old from a good family, would having a toy gun be so bad? Many times adults take things out on the children instead of the parents. Many times the adults are quick to punish without really trying to understand the underlying reasons behind a child’s actions.
If a student brings a toy gun to school, should the parents be held accountable or not?
Should he still be expelled?
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We all know when an adult is sad and depressed – they cry easily, prefer to be alone, and can verbally express their feelings. It is often hard, however, to identify depression in young children because it often mimics other disorders and concerns, including inattention, impulsively, aggression and learning problems. Some warning signs that parents and teachers should look out for include:
- Easily comes to tears, feeling sad
- Feeling worthless
- Not interested in activities that used to be enjoyable
- Irritable and often in a bad mood
- Increase in aggressive and externalizing behaviors
- Changes in sleep behavior (either sleeping more or less than normal)
- Changes in eating behavior (either dramatic increase or decrease)
- Decrease in energy and easily fatigued
- Frequently turned away and neglected by peers
- Decrease with academic performance
- Difficulty staying still
As you can see, there are a plethora of symptoms of depression and every child who is depressed will express a variety of the above symptoms. If you notice changes with your child’s behavior and the onset of any of the above symptoms, the first thing that you should do is contact your child’s pediatrician. It is always important to identify whether or not there are medical concerns at the root of the symptoms. Read more