Horizon Blog

How to Help your Child & Teenager with Anxiety

May 5th, 2020

Under the best of circumstances, parenting a child with mental health care needs can be especially stressful. The current pandemic has exasperated that stress for children and their caregivers. During this unprecedented time routines have been disrupted, which can contribute to heightened symptoms of anxiety for those who rely on things to be predictable. Children: […]

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Talk to Your Teen About Substance Abuse Early and Often

March 12th, 2020

Few teens look forward to the day when their parents sit them down for “The Talk.” They are just as likely to cringe at a lecture from their parents on the topic of substance abuse. While your adolescent’s school district may incorporate drug and alcohol abuse awareness instruction into their curriculum, please do not take […]

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Easing Back to School Stress

September 2nd, 2019

Both children and parents likely experience some back to school anxiety or stress. It’s a busy time filled with many uncertainties. Parents can more easily find information and enlist help when stress gets intense; however, remember that children do not have the same access. Whether your child is returning to the same school or moving […]

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Can compassion be taught?

February 6th, 2019

Is compassion innate, or can it be taught, learned and enhanced? According to research, you can be born with compassion and it can also be learned.1 Over the years, many experts have highlighted the importance of teaching compassion to children. Compassionate people have increased empathy, may be happier, and are action-driven. Compassionate children might be […]

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Gaming Addiction: Is your teen spending too much time playing video games?

February 6th, 2019

Can a game truly become an addiction? Yes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, there is a name for it: gaming disorder. The WHO states that gaming disorder is defined: “as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the […]

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Teens and Screen Time Addiction

November 14th, 2018

New research shows that teens can become addicted to social media and gaming. The research establishes that technology affects the same part of the brain that is stimulated by drugs, alcohol or sex. With technology in the palm of your hand, it’s impossible to quit completely, so many are wondering how much is too much? […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part III: Cyberbullying

June 15th, 2018

For school-age children, the playground isn’t just a physical space with swings and a slide. It’s also the world of texts and technology, built up with likes, tweets, images, and the latest lens on Snapchat. And just like on a physical playground, the interactions don’t always stay positive. What is cyberbullying? Bullying is harassment by […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part II – The Bullied

May 10th, 2018

It’s estimated that between 20% and 30% of school-age youth are directly involved in or affected by bullying. That’s as many as one out of every three children! As mentioned in our earlier post, Bullying Part I: The Bully, bullying is multifaceted. It doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s not black and white. School […]

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