ZemZen: February 23rd, 2018

Welcome to ZemZen, a collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. To see past ZemZen articles click here.




Putting mass shooting tragedies in perspective for kids

From events at the White House to televised town halls, survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida have been willing to share their stories in a way we haven’t seen in the wake of other tragedies. With all this attention, it’s natural that your child might be feeling some school or safety based anxiety. This Chicago Tribune article has some tips for putting the Parkland shooting in perspective for your kids.




The Promise of Self-Compassion for Stressed-Out Teens

In this article for The New York Times, author and co-founder of Girls Leadership Rachel Simmons shares with us the importance of teaching our teens about self-compassion. She argues that while self-criticism can provide short-term motivation, in the long term it can elevate symptoms of anxiety and depression.



Why Activism Is Good For Teens — And The Country

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, and with other contentious topics dominating the news day after day, some teens might feel compelled to join a protest or dawn a button in support of a cause they feel strongly about. This article by Dr. Gene Beresin, executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, explains why activism might be good for your teen’s health.



The 10 biggest differences between Australian and American parenting

Ever wonder what parenting is like in other countries? Well Insider has just the article for you. Check out this piece to learn the 10 biggest difference between Australian and American parenting.

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