Nicola Morgan

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Core Resource: Positively Teenage

POSITIVELY TEENAGE Resources

Positively Teenage is my response to a growing impression amongst many adults and many young people that adolescence must be a difficult stage and that nothing about it is good. That is so far from the truth! Of course, it can have its difficult times and some teenagers and families won’t sail through calmly, but I believe that there are things we can do to give the best chance of a smooth and positive ride. It’s a matter of having the right attitude, knowledge and strategies. I fully believe they can help.

The Positively Teenage page gives you more details (and links to the gorgeous FLOURISH posters and cards) but below are some resources you might find useful. Please do note the surveys linked at the bottom – they are for various ages, including adults!

My book is written for teenagers but equally useful for adults; full of positive strategies for having the best and most resilience state of mind possible as young people enter adolescence

GENERAL SITES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Agnes – The life guide for teenage girls – I love this site and I wish I could find one for boys! https://agnesforgirls.com/

Health for Teens – UK site: https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/

Kids Health – the teenage section – US site: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens

GENERAL SITES FOR PARENTS

School A to Z – a wide-ranging Australian site: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/home

The Parenting Place – an excellent New Zealand site, including contracts for homework, technology, sleep etc: http://www.theparentingplace.com/

TEENAGE BODY CHANGES

Girls: www.girlshealth.gov/body/index.html

Boys: www.youngmenshealthsite.org

UK’s NHS section on puberty

BODY IMAGE

For boys, but also important viewing for girls: https://nicolamorgan.com/adolescent-brains-and-lives/body-image-for-boys-girls-please-listen-too/

My book, Body Brilliant, deals in detail with body image, tackling the (fascinating!) psychology as well as practical tips for both a better body image and a healthier body. You’ll find resources for this on the Body Brilliant page here. There are free teaching notes and various downloadable and printable extras.

TEENAGE BRAIN CHANGES

Blame My Brain – the Amazing teenage Brian Revealed

PBS.org – Frontline – lots of info here: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/

TeenMentalHealth.org: teenmentalhealth.org/learn/the-teen-brain-2/

GOOD GOAL-SETTING

Kids Health: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/goals-tips.html – I particularly like the bit about not setting your goal to please other people

Teen Compass: http://www.theteencompass.org/explore/smart-goals-defined/ – excellent practical activities and downloadable goal-setting sheets

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Positive thinking and recognising what went well: What went well?” http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/find-three-good-things-each-day

Importance of having things you’re “engaged” in, from The Positive Psychology People: http://www.thepositivepsychologypeople.com/perma-e-is-for-engagement/

KINDNESS TO OTHERS

There’s evidence that kindness towards others helps the giver, too. For example: sonjalyubomirsky.com/files/2012/09/Lyubomirsky-Layous-20132.pdf

And two for which you can only see the abstracts: psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2016-19956-001/ and http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224540903365554

Random Acts of Kindness is an inspiring idea and site and all ages can benefit: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

CHARACTER STRENGTHS

I like the work of Martin Seligman and the VIA Institute on character:

Via Institute on Character: www.viacharacter.org/www/

This link takes you to the free survey to measure your character strengths. (You have to register your email address so young people should check with an adult first.) www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths/VIA-Classification

HEALTHY EATING

Healthy Eating for Teens from the NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/healthy-eating-teens.aspx

And from Kids Health: Teens Food Fitness: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/food-fitness/

Vegetarian and vegan health on the NHS site: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Vegetarianhealth/Pages/Vegandiets.aspx

The Vegetarian Resource Group page for teens: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/teennutrition.htm

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Why be active? Kids Health – Teens Exercise-Wise: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/exercise-wise.html?WT.ac=ctg – catexercise

Problems with being inactive, for teens http://physicalactivityteens.weebly.com/consequences-of-physical-inactivity-in-teenagers.html

Improves mood: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1424736/pdf/pubhealthrep00100-0085.pdf

Improves memory and concentration thebrainflux.com/brain-benefits-of-exercise/

Helps learning: www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/18/how-physical-exercise-makes-your-brain-work-better

Problems with being sedentary/inactive: physicalactivityteens.weebly.com/consequences-of-physical-inactivity-in-teenagers.html

On the NHS site, not specially for teenagers: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Getfitwithoutgym.aspx

Yoga for teens – really simple, good idea for study breaks: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/yoga-break.html?WT.ac=ctg – catstudysmart

LEARNING AND HOMEWORK

Spaced learning: www.growthengineering.co.uk/what-is-the-forgetting-curve/ and knowledgeplus.nejm.org/blog/spaced-repetition-the-most-effective-way-to-learn/

Homework (and other) contracts: The Parenting Place: http://www.theparentingplace.com/family-contracts/?gclid=CI6H4d2muNQCFdMK0wod3nAP_A

FRIENDSHIPS

The Teenage Guide to Friends: https://nicolamorgan.com/books/the-teenage-guide-to-friends/

Best Friends Forever http://www.best-friends-forever.com/friend-issues.html

GROWING EMPATHY

EmpathyLab – newish UK organisation focusing on the power of stories (true and made-up) to boost empathy. They work with schools in the UK – get your school to contact them! http://www.empathylab.uk/

Empathy Bomb – as my young researcher said: “Not massively keen about a metaphorical bomb to explain an empathy project (!) but other than that the website is clear, accessible and its an interesting project.” http://empathybomb.com/

Empathy Quotient Scale – interactive resource. You don’t see the results, as it’s for research, but the questions are interesting talking points. https://discovermyprofile.com/eqs/introduction.html;jsessionid=829FE700CBB8F9C9D2B334D6314479D9

 

I hope you have found this selection of resources useful. Remember they are only starting points and there are many articles and resources in the rest of my website, my books and classroom resources. Do ask me to come and speak to your audience: See the Speaking section of my website.

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