Turn For The Better

Trauma-Sensitive Schools for All Students

Not ‘What’ Schools are For, but ‘Who’ by Jeff Rogers "Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they pick, the one you'll know by." --Crosby, Stills and Nash ACEs Put Kids in a Hole…a Deep, Deep Hole More than occasional witness: mom being punched and kicked in the stomach by a boyfriend, dad plunging a needle into a bulging vein on his...

Homeless Children and What Schools Must Do

No Child Should Ever Be Homeless…Ever! by Jeff Rogers “Bless the beasts and the children Give them shelter from the storm Keep them safe, keep them warm.” --sung by The Carpenters, Homeless in Salinas “Stop!” yelled my front-seat passenger, as I slammed on the brakes, throwing us both up onto the dash. Wondering “what the hell?” and searching her eyes for some kind of good reason for...

Upstanding Bully Prevention: A Program That Works

Students When They Really "Give a Hoot" About Others      by Jeff Rogers The Orchard Elementary School Owls really "give a hoot" about one another.  Their school motto is "Together is Better," and they mean it, because they literally, day in and day out... "stand up for everyone." And they do it by making use of an acclaimed bully prevention program called Upstander. Upstander is the product of a nationwide b...

Failing to Launch | Young Adults' Failure to Live Independently Reaches Epidemic Numbers

The Majority of Our Nation's Future Has 'Failure to Launch Syndrome' In the upcoming decades, Millenials will have no choice but to take command of the proverbial wheel that drives American society - prepared or not. Having said that, it might not be a bad idea for Generation Y to take a few more lessons before taking our nation's future for a reckless joyride. If you aren't worried about America's future millennial-leadership, c...

Do You Suffer From Severe Anxiousness? | It's Probably Due to Overthinking

Worrying, Anxiety, and Overthinking  Are you afflicted by the anxiety and anguish of constant worrying? Do you fret about the future and feel uncertain about how your life will play out? Are you a prisoner bound by insecurities in your own mind? If so, try your best not to worry (pun intended). If you are a neurotic worrier, it's most likely due to overthinking. While it's true that every person overthinks things every once ...

Understanding The Behavior of Troubled Teens | Why Love Conquers All

Normal teen vs. troubled teen behavior To adequately assist troubled teens in overcoming self-sabotaging tendencies and negative behavioral patterns, parents must first comprehensively understand their child's underlying issues  (negative motivations that contribute to the adolescent's compulsivity and proclivity for negative thinking). Fortunately, parents need not search far and wide (or at all) to find what is perhaps the large...

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Make Room For More Positive In Your Life

We are all influenced by the people in our lives. Choose the positive people for a better quality life....

Change Your Attitude and Change Your Mind

Negativity can crush dreams, careers and lives.  Be careful where your mind wanders to, the negative thoughts can ruin everything.  Stay positive and move your dreams, careers, and life forward.  Living in the negative thoughts will bring about destitution, but positive thoughts will bring about resolution....

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Getting Better Sleep Can Change Your Life

We live in a world of indulgence and immediate satisfaction. In many places, there are things to do at anytime of the day or night. But does this culture of 24 hour convenience come with downsides? Several new studies have shown the damaging impact of some of these behaviors, especially when it comes to our sleep. NPR has reported on the effects of teenagers not getting enough sleep saying “Teenagers who don't get enough sle...