Weekend Reading | Sept. 30

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

Trauma and the Brain: An Introduction for professionals working with teens

The youth then gets labeled as a “trouble-maker” when in fact his trauma was triggered by an unskillful approach to classroom management.

Self-Care is NOT “Selfish”

Because the truth is, I would never hold anyone else to these absurd standards. I would never see someone else as selfish if they asked for a few minutes to meditate or if they wanted to head out to a movie alone. But that is because I know everyone needs to take care of their health — i.e. their physical health, their spiritual health, and their emotional health. Everyone needs to nurture their body and their being. Well, everyone except me, apparently, because for some reason I feel like a failure if I am not superhuman; I feel guilty about the very idea of taking time for me. The thought of heading out on a work trip fills me with angst and asking for alone time feels ludicrous.

Five Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Teens

Despite my admonition, one student took a phone call in the middle of class, saying it was her employer; a second student left to “use the bathroom” and never came back. In class three, it was all I could do to keep the students in the room. Oh, and the raisin activity? When I asked them to pretend they were aliens and roll the raisin around in their fingers and tell me what it felt like, one lanky, sweet-faced boy said “a nipple.” Things were rapidly deteriorating.

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