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What May or May Not Have Worked

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Limiting screen time each day. "You have 2 hours of screen time today." This solution may be great for some families, but often it results in children valuing their devices even more.

Taking away their devices as a punishment. Taking away things from a child to discipline them puts the thought in their heads that they can do the same if they want to hurt or punish someone. Forming healthy conflict resolution is imperative to children.

Banning devices from the household. Might very well be a fit for some, but for the majority of the population, it's a bit difficult to go off-grid. Completely giving in and letting them do whatever they want. On the other hand, banning devices may be an easy solution for some. It would mean trading being present and attentive in exchange for being worry free.

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My Top 4 Secrets to Developing Top-Notch Social Media Content

I’m really good at playing pretend.

When I was a nanny during college, I was required to be imaginative and play house, or explorers in a jungle, or captain of a submarine. Surprisingly those years as a nanny equipped me well to be a content writer!

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What May or May Not Have Worked

Limiting screen time each day. "You have 2 hours of screen time today." This solution may be great for some families, but often it results in children valuing their devices even more.

Taking away their devices as a punishment. Taking away things from a child to discipline them puts the thought in their heads that they can do the same if they want to hurt or punish someone. Forming healthy conflict resolution is imperative to children.

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Self-Care for Parents and Givers

As the Family Support Therapist at Blue Ridge, I work with the parents of our students in the field. My role is to offer space for families to experience their own process, which often parallels the student process but is distinctly different for obvious reasons. Teens are in the woods, with both the discomfort that it brings and the luxury of not having to attend to their “normal” lives. 

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Lessons Learned : A Balancing Act with Referrals

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It typically starts with an email or a tweet or a FB message and goes something like - "Hi, I am John Doe and my business does XYZ. Our website is outdated and Mr. Smith referred you to me. We need help, what are your rates?"

We are excited because we have a lead and even better it is a referral from an evangelist aka a happy client. Great, right? For sure! Well, ok, most of the time it is, but sometimes it turns into us walking a tight rope balancing our reputation and referral with the demands and issues of the new client. 

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Intrinsic Motivation in Education?

Defining the University Model &Why it Works(4)

A student interested in doing a project on video production would search out and watch as many tutorials and read as many articles as he can on video production. If, however, another student is doing the same project because a teacher requires it, and that student has no interest in videos, she will (might) read whatever materials are provided only to learn the information for the class to avoid getting a bad grade or maybe looking stupid to her peers. Which student is likely to remember the material a year later? Which student will probably be able to apply what they learned?

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A Case for Inclement Weather

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I don’t mean to craft the impression that it is all sunshine and rainbows whenever the weather turns bad because often the physical discomfort is exactly what is needed to bring old behavior patterns to the surface. We see big behaviors in bad weather. And, we often witness a powerful building of self-efficacy as they choose to respond to the weather with a sense of empowerment rather than as a victim of circumstance. It is truly incredible to see.

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Trigger and support intrinsic motivation.

by monicajenner6613 days ago

Our job as leaders within the community is to provide opportunities, be role models and support the students no matter where they are in their journey. If we can trigger intrinsic motivation by providing interesting subjects, activities, mentors, and projects, the students might authentically become interested and, therefore, choose to pursue the path on their own.

 

I typically am not intrinsically motivated to exercise nor do I appreciate extrinsic attempts at motivating me to exercise. I am stubborn that way. That said, I will continue to try new types of exercise in hopes that something will interest me and motivate me to get my body moving. I have not given up hope that some form of exercise will take hold, and I’ll wake up craving to sweat.

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Blog

food in Blue Ridge wilderness

The traditional backpacker’s diet is known for dried meat, pasta, beans, and grains. Not exactly a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies! At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness our pursuit of the best possible nutrition for our students is constantly evolving. We work alongside a nutritionist to identify the optimal combination of calorie density, nutrients, protein, and carbohydrates to support the activity of backpacking without loading up on sugar and processed foods. This is challenging, because we also have the concern of weight as well as traditional foodie favorites of our staff and students.

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The Importance of Multicultural Awareness in Wilderness Treatment Settings

Any seasoned wilderness therapy staff knows the importance of students remaining well-hydrated. Being that our bodies are comprised of so much water, drinking plenty of it every day helps keep students’ bodies functioning properly; it helps with regulation of body temperature, aids in removing toxins, helps acclimatize the body to new altitudes, prevents headaches and even irritability (both can be signs of dehydration) and helps the skin and hair maintain moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the cells.

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