With the holidays upon us we decided to focus on relationships this week. Like Jimmy Buffett says in Fruitcakes, one of our favorite songs of his:
“Now here comes the big ones. Relationships!
We all got ’em, we all want ’em. What do we do with ’em? Here we go, I’ll tell ya”
This week’s newsletter includes this fun song along with some more serious and helpful advice on relationships.

Have a teen that is dating? You might need to read this!

Talking about this topic can be difficult for both you and your child. However, it is important to help them navigate the messy world of romantic relationships. Good Therapy offers 9 tips on what you should discuss with your teen when they ask you about dating. The article covers things like what makes a healthy relationship, types of abuse and their signs, and setting boundaries and expectations. Read the full article here.



Why are relationships in the classroom even more important than rules?

While classroom rules are important, it is also important to form a connection with students. When they feel seen as a person they are more likely to engage in class and be more comfortable opening up in assignments. Edutopia shares some great community building activities that you can incorporate into your classroom today.

 Wish your children were closer to each other?

The relationship that siblings have with one another sets the tone for how they form all other bonds in their life. By helping them form a closer connection you can help them develop healthier relationships as they get older. Very Well Family has a great article full of tips on how to lower potential points of conflict as well as activities to help them form a closer bond.

What is the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship?

Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship — with a romantic partner, a friend or a family member — and shares things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. Learn these five signs as well as how to set boundaries and safe ways remove yourself from a potentially dangerous situation today.


Resource of the Week

You’ve likely heard about ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Center for Youth Wellness provides an explanation about the RELATIONSHIP between early adversity and adult health outcomes. 
Take a look at their site for some awesome information.

Looking for more information on these topics and other mental health concerns? Be sure to check out our trainings, events and support groups to learn more on how to help yourself and your loved ones!