A High School Student’s Perspective of the Pandemic

This month, I have asked a local high school student, Logan Wagner, to share his perspective on what it was like to be a high school student this past year. In my opinion, it captures many of the ideas, issues, and challenges that our children have faced. As a parent, I hope it helps you understand your children as they are reintegrating into their worlds.

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McNerney: In Search of Family Happiness

Family happiness: It is something we all want, but it can be difficult to acquire. We want to see smiles from each other and create memories of happy times. But so often our best laid plans end up in tears, resentment, and sulking. I believe there is a way to achieve happiness, but it requires doing something that might seem counterintuitive.

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McNerney: 10 Months of COVID: My Observations

For the past 10 months, we have endured an experience that very few of us predicted, much less prepared for. We have experienced the closing of businesses, restaurants, and school buildings. We have been told to stay in our homes and stop spending time with family and friends. We have faced extreme anxiety for the health of ourselves and our loved ones for months at a time.

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McNerney: The Sigh of Relief – A Quick Way to Reduce Anxiety

The internet is filled with clickbait promising instant results by using some simple technique. Usually, I scroll past these, knowing that the majority have no basis in science or haven’t been proven as effective. As a former biology major, I am always a skeptic when it comes to quick, easy solutions. The technique I will be sharing, though, is actually one that seems to tick all the boxes of being effective: It has been well researched, it is based on neurochemistry, and it works.

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McNerney: Helping Our Children Remain Strong

I wish I had some good news this October. Since we are still in the midst of this distance learning, low socialization era, good news is hard to find. Since this whole time period is also new to us, we don’t have a frame of reference to guide them. We can’t say: “I remember when I was cooped up in my house for seven months.” This is uncharted territory for us and our kids.

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