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Why Parental Involvement is Key to Preventing Child Bullying

Why Parental Involvement is Key to Preventing Child Bullying
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Childhood bullying has been an ongoing topic of discussion for quite some time. This is due to both the severity and the persistence of this issue. The effect childhood bullying has on both the victim and the aggressor can be life-altering if not life-ending. Each year, an average of 8,000 children will end their own lives, nearly 1 per hour, in an attempt to escape their bullies. Additionally, those who make it to adulthood experience elevated tendency towards psychological disorders and social anxiety for the remainder of their lives.

Bullying isn’t the hazing we all received as kids that “made us stronger”, it’s killing our children and ruining their lives. Parents and schools must adopt more effective standards in preventing and eliminating this detriment within our schools. The following article will define, outline, and present causes, effects, and preventative measures in ending this epidemic.

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What are the Effects of Bullying?

As stated above, nearly one child per hour commits suicide as a result of being bullying, many of which may have been prevented had an educator or a bystander taken appropriate action. This number, while high is only the tip of the iceberg with regard to those impacted by bullying. The psychological implications of bullying can extend into the long-term and affect both parties as they mature into adulthood. These long-term effects include drug and alcohol abuse as well as an increased chance of incarceration. Bullying itself may merely be a symptom of a pre-existing psychological condition indicating the necessity for guidance and counseling to prevent it from worsening.

Who’s Responsible?

We all have the expectation that our schools need to exhibit more involvement in deterring and disciplining this behavior prior to its progression. But it isn’t just up to the school and bus drivers, it’s the parent’s responsibility as well. Not just the parents of the bully or the bullied, it’s also every parent’s responsibility to instill right and wrong and to empower their kids to act upon these morals. Essentially, everyone who plays a role in a child’s development is integral in nurturing and conditioning them into respectful young people who appreciate the value of a life.

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How Can We Help?

As parents, we need to understand that our children are like sponges and as they learn the ways of the world, they will soak up our views and mimic our actions. As a result, how we treat others around us is likely how our kids will treat their peers. Show compassion and respect, and our children will do so too. More importantly, talk to your kids, tell them the importance of  treating others well and standing up for what is right.

Just like we discuss “the birds and the bees”, find the right time to teach them to refuse to become a victim, refuse to be the aggressor, and refuse to be a bystander. Just as important as not being the bully or the bullied, being a witness to these actions and doing nothing about them or worse, recording it and sharing it to social media for “likes” is just as bad as being the bully.

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The Bystander Effect

The bystander effect is a scientifically researched occurrence, which indicates that when there is more than one witness to an event, even at an extreme encounter, they are far less likely to react. Research maintains that humans will look to others for guidance in regards to if they should act, when to react and how they should do so. This may be a result of a herd mentality or a decentralized decision making in which humans actually adopt a group “behavior.” This can sometimes act out in ways they never would alone or even prevent them from reacting to potential emergencies. By empowering our kids ahead of time to stop a bully or tell an adult, we can prevent physical and emotional harm that can affect a child for the rest of his or her life.

A Joint Effort for Prevention

People likely pick on others as a result of their upbringing. There is usually a void or resentment in one’s life and they temporarily fill it by belittling or causing pain to someone they perceive as weaker. As parents, it is our responsibility to love and nurture our children and provide them with a sense of worth so they won’t need to validate themselves at the expense of others.

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Educators need to monitor and react to bullying at any capacity and demonstrate a zero tolerance for this behavior. If parents and schools work together, we can help prevent suicide in youths as well as prevent the suffering of our children.

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Published on July 22, 2021

20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

    These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

    Get the recipe here.

    2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

      This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

      To try this recipe, go here.

      3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

        Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

        Check out the recipe here.

        4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

          Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

          5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

            This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

            Find the recipe here.

            6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

              The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

              Get the recipe for this dish here.

              7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                You can find the recipe here.

                8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                  Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                  Find the recipe here.

                  9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                    This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                    Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                    10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                      Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                      The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                      11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                        Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                        Find the recipe here.

                        12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                          This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                            Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                            This easy recipe can be found here.

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                            14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                              Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                              Find out how to make it here.

                              15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                The recipe can be found here.

                                16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                  This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                  Find the recipe here.

                                  17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                    Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                    Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                    18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                      Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                      Find the recipe here.

                                      19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                        Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                        Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                        20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                          Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                          Get the recipe here.

                                          Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                          Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                          Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                          1. Lose the Sugar

                                          Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                          2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                          Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                          3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                          Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                          When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                          Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                          Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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