We can no longer be quiet on matters that involve the well-being of our students. Which is why we must openly support the LGBT cause in our classrooms, because it will save lives. I am asking -- pleading for my fellow educators [especially straight educators] to no longer be a silent supporter in this matter.
There's a lot of drama in a teenager's life that can build or lower self-esteem on a dime. These teens are vulnerable as they struggle to find their sense of belonging. If they act in unexpected ways or seem difficult to be around, it's essential for us as parents to recognize what may be churning in their minds.
Some say the high school years are the best years in your life. I say that's a sad statement and you don't want to count your best years so young, but they can be pretty fun. And crazy. And hilarious. You'll learn so much about yourself, about friendship, about community, and about the world as a whole -- good, bad and confounding.
One of the simplest things we can do at any age to avoid overeating is to slow down so that there's time for our brains and stomachs to signal that we're full. Wolfing down our dinners in a pit stop mindset or mindlessly munching our way through our favorite show are doing us a disservice on so many levels.