Wellness 101: Cultivating Gratitude in Your Children’s Daily Lives

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” —Melody Beattie For many of us, this time of year offers an opportunity to give thanks and express gratitude for the people and things we appreciate and value in our lives. Taking stock and being grateful during the holidays is a good place to start, but studies have shown … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Healthy Ways of Helping Your Teen Deal with Stress

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Wellness

Each year, the topic of teenage stress garners increasing amounts of attention. In fact, a simple Google search for “teens and stress” yields an abundance of articles with key phrases along the lines of “severe anxiety” and “growing epidemic.” The attention is not unwarranted; in 2014, the American Psychological Association conducted a survey that revealed … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Helping Your Child Build Intrinsic Motivation

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Category: Education Articles, Green Ivy Blog, Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

We have all struggled with motivation at some point in our lives—from accessing it to maintaining its momentum over time. As a result, one of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is knowing how to constructively motivate your child, academically or otherwise. Many parents use external motivation to get the desired results, whether negative … Continue reading

Wellness 101: Establishing Good “Sleep Hygiene”

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

When we ask students at Green Ivy what they’d like more time for in their daily routines, their number one answer is more sleep. Many students are accustomed to a sleep-deprived existence and will quickly point out that the bulk of their friends are getting even less sleep than they are. This situation has become … Continue reading

Great Strategies to Promote Social Media Wellness in the New Year!

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Category: Parenting, Social Media Wellness, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year or semester can be a fantastic time to talk to your teens about the most productive ways to navigate the online world and help them learn strategies that encourage social media wellness. In Ana Homayoun’s new book, Social Media Wellness, she looks at some of the ways … Continue reading

Social Media Wellness Book Tour FAQs (and answers)!

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Category: NY Times articles, Parenting, Social Media Wellness, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

Green Ivy Educational Consulting founder Ana Homayoun spent the past few months on the road for her book tour talking to schools about her latest book, SOCIAL MEDIA WELLNESS. Here, we’re borrowing a recent post from her blog (check it out here) on the top questions from her tour. The tour continues in January – see … Continue reading

Five Ways to Stop, Reflect and Manage End of Year Stress

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Social Media Wellness, Teens and technology, Wellness

Students and adults alike feel the stress of the end of the year, whether that be because of finals, college applications or all the expectations that come with the holiday season. Studies have shown that one of the best ways to regroup during hectic times is to reflect and think about the things we are … Continue reading

Happy Sweet Sixteen To Green Ivy Educational Consulting!!

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Category: Crumpled Paper Book, Myth of the Perfect Girl, NY Times articles, Parenting, Social Media Wellness, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

A few weeks ago, we celebrated our 16th anniversary at Green Ivy Educational Consulting. This anniversary kind of crept up on me, and it wasn’t until a Facebook memory popped up in my feed reminding me of a past year anniversary that I stopped and took note. We’ve had a lot of wonderful things happen … Continue reading

Distractions, Digital and Otherwise: Tips for Teens

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Category: Parenting, Social Networking, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

Green Ivy founder, Ana Homayoun, author of Social Media Wellness, was featured on the Common Sense Media blog this week. She outlined her top five ways to help students stay focused and resist the temptation of digital distractions and procrastination. She writes:     It’s no secret that students today face the ultimate paradox: The … Continue reading