Our journey on new year’s eve took slightly over six hours, thanks to the massive construction site that is the Pan Borneo highway project and getting stuck behind a lorry transporting gas cylinders.
As a psychologist who works with teenagers, I hear this concern often from the parents of many of my patients. They routinely remark that their sons do just enough to keep the adults off their backs, while their daughters relentlessly grind, determined to leave no room for error. The girls don’t stop until they’ve polished each assignment to a high shine and rewritten their notes with color-coded precision.
This is a new, simple label we can use to describe the sometimes overwhelming challenge of trying to earn a living and build a career while also parenting well.
Ireland is experiencing rising rates of emotional distress in children and young people, as well an increase in prescribed medication in order to cope. We need to respond to this mental health crisis in a more appropriate and holistic manner for the sake of our children.
On Tuesday, Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Tim Scott introduced the Choice Act. They say it would create a federal savings plan to provide military and low-income families, as well as families of students with disabilities, more options for their education.
As Michelangelo said of his statue David, “David was always inside the block of marble. It just a matter for the sculptor to hammer and chisel away the pieces that didn’t belong.” Life’s setbacks and sufferings help us to identify and embrace what is most important to us. To separate the valuable from the meaningless. To find our own way. Why would we want any less for our children?.