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What is Foreign Language Learning Anxiety and How to Help Your Child Overcome It?

photo: Margo MorrisonRecently I stumbled upon a realisation that I had developed foreign language anxiety.I moved to France last year to fulfil a long-held dream of living in France and learning to speak French. I was doing well and swiftly excelled from the basic French level A1 to intermediate level B2 in six months.…

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Is Your Child Being Bullied Online? How to Deal With Cyberbullying

photo: pexels.comAs more children are online than ever before, knowing about cyberbullying and how to help your child deal with it is an important aspect of modern-day parenting. This article will outline what you need to know about and how to help your child deal with cyberbullying.Our world has changed a lot in recent…

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Black Children’s Suicide: Are We at a Crisis Level?

Photo by Serkan Göktay from PexelsAs we continue Black History Month, I want to tackle an often taboo subject in the Black community: suicide, particularly, Black children’s suicides. If we are to help our children, we must have these conversations; we must destigmatize this subject and speak frankly, openly and honestly.The theme for Black History Month 2022…

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What is Magical Thinking and Should You Encourage it?

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from PexelsIs it magical thinking to realise that Christmas will soon be upon us? Over the next four weeks, our airwaves and TVs will be flooded with Christmas songs and movies. The main feature of these is the gift-giving, jolly man called Santa Claus.Although different in many ways from the European and…

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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health in an Unequal World

This year’s World Mental Health Day is being observed at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequalities in our world.One of the major consequences of the pandemic has been its negative impact on mental health.  While the unequal nature of our societies has always been a cause for concern,…

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The Status of Child Mental Health in Jamaica

Photo: Margo MorrisonChild mental health is a hot topic now, and rightly so. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges that have affected adults and children equally.Although COVID-19 is not responsible for mental ill-health in some of our children, COVID-19 has exacerbated an already dire situation for many. This article is an overview…

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How to Protect Children’s Emotions during COVID-19

Photo by Good Good Good on UnsplashThis article gives a practical tip on how to protect children's emotions during COVID-19.The rising number of COVID-19 cases on the island is cause for concern. Just like adults, children sometimes get anxious about things in their environment that they cannot control.Although children may manifest these…

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