*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. Spending time in nature boosts children’s academic achievement and healthy development in a variety of ways, according to a new analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. “It is time to take nature seriously as a resource for learning,” said lead author Dr….

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on The News Wheel. It’s common knowledge that cellphones and driving don’t work well together, and taking your hands off the wheel to grab something isn’t a smart maneuver either. And according to a study, when these behaviors are done by teens, their risk for a…

As a culture-watcher, I sometimes like to “rewind” as a way to gain perspective on just how much and how fast youth culture has changed. The practice serves to wake me up at times when familiarity with what was once relatively unknown lulls us to sleep because it’s become all-too-common and widespread. That creates huge…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MedicalXpress. Considering a host of social pressures and stresses that adolescents experience, the addition of a relationship to the equation can have a negative impact, according to a study from BYU professor of family life Adam Rogers. His study followed 100 adolescent couples daily for…

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Last week I heard a grandfather ask these questions to a group of other grandparents: “When you were a teenager, did you know anyone who took their own life? When you were a teenager did you know anyone who talked about taking their own life?” The only answer uttered by everyone in the room was…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. The findings of a new U.K. study challenge the popular view that music enhances creativity, and suggests it may in fact have the opposite effect. This proved to be the case even when the music boosted the listener’s mood. Psychologists from the University of…

Recently I sat with a group of parents concerned. . . and rightly so. . . about the challenges they face in communicating the biblical narrative to their children and teens when the cultural narrative is so loud, so pervasive, and so convincing. The questioning attitude of a teenage child who has been raised and…

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*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Pew Research Center. Teens today are spending their time differently than they did a decade ago. They’re devoting more time to sleep and homework, and less time to paid work and socializing. But what has not changed are the differences between teen boys and girls…