“Walk-It-Out Wednesday” – What Do You Do When Your Kids Are Home Sick From School?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and today is another “Walk-It-Out Wednesday!”  My three oldest kiddos were all home sick yesterday….yup….it’s that time of the year. My wife was SO glad when I got home last night as she was “nurse mom” to all of them. What do you do when your kids are home sick and everyone’s schedule changes…….how do you handle it and “walk-it-out?”

Did You Watch A Night of Hope and Healing Last Night?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and I was up watching the live-stream of “A Night of Hope and Healing” from Bridgetown, CT last night with Chris Tomlin, Mandisa, TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story, Casting Crowns, Louie Giglio and Max Lucado and so many others. Did you watch any of the event? Oh, and don’t forget to pray for the families in Newtown, CT……they could really use your prayer support as they continue to heal!

Check out the Facebook Page set up for the event to see some home videos from the night.

12 Effective Ways To Boost Your Kid’s Self-Esteem

Self-confidence is important for all children. It’s the foundation upon which they base their self-worth and decisions that will one day impact everything they do. In today’s Home School find out ways to boost their self-esteem.

Mini-Resolution No. 15 – Look For A Need You Can Meet Today

Big or small, be on the lookout today for someone who can use a helping hand.  At work, in the grocery store, or even in your neighborhood, if you see a need, step in!

Good News Story: Finding A Job…When You Least Expect It

A woman named Emily had to quit her job because of health problems.  Emily was collecting disability but wanted to get a part-time job to make ends meet. She kept applying and interviewing with no luck.  She was really discouraged, so she started performing random acts of kindness to make herself feel better. Then, one day, one of her random acts started a ripple effect.  Read about it here!

Does Your Teenager Seem Depressed?

Does your teenager seem depressed?  If so, listen up.

According to a new national study, 1 in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide, and 1 in eight has thought about it.

Reuters.com reports on the study, which was conducted by Harvard University.

The results are based on in-person interviews of 6,500 teenagers in the U.S., as well as questionnaires filled out by their parents.

In addition to asking the young people about their suicidal thoughts or attempts, interviewers also determined which teens fit the bill for a range of mental disorders.

Just over 12 percent of the youth had thought about suicide, and 8 percent had made a suicide plan or actually attempted suicide.

The researchers found that almost all teens who thought about or attempted suicide had a diagnosable mental disorder, including depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or problems with drug or alcohol abuse.

Dr. Matthew Nock, the psychologist who led the study, says doctors need to get better at figuring out which kids are most at risk of putting themselves in danger.

Once those youth are identified, researchers will also have to determine the best way to treat them.

If your teen seems depressed, reports feelings of hopelessness, talks about death, or starts giving away prized possessions, consult a mental health professional immediately.

For more information on teen depression and suicide, visit the American Psychological Association‘s website.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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