Ty Wilson Law - April 2020

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APRIL 2020

FROM THE DESK OF Ty Wilson

Welcome Spring!

It’s my favorite time of year. With all the beautiful flowers blooming, how can you not like spring? Well, for some with allergies, it may not be your favorite time of year, but nonetheless, it is a time to get outside and enjoy being outside. If you go outdoors, be careful on the roadways. Likewise, if you are driving a car, be sure to pay extra attention to the roadways and control your speed in areas where you see pedestrians and bicyclists. If you are a bicyclist or pedestrian, pay extra attention to approaching vehicles because with beautiful weather comes distraction and daydreaming behind the wheel. Never assume any driver sees you; always think they don’t see you, and you will have many more years to enjoy the beautiful weather. On the personal front, I have taken on the challenge to coach my son’s baseball team. The image of herding cats comes to mind. But seriously, I hope to have a fun season.

AND EMPATHIZE WITH THE TEENS IN YOUR LIFE STEP INTO THEIR SHOES

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, or someone else who regularly interacts with teenagers, you know how frustrating these interactions can sometimes be. While this isn’t always the case, it often seems like many teens are indifferent about the important things, overly emotional about the unimportant things, and unpredictable in between. But instead of getting upset, take a moment to remember everything this age group is experiencing during this delicate but immensely important part of growing up.

Stay safe,

-Ty Wilson

What’s happening on the inside?

Overwhelming biological changes take their toll during these formative years, and the parts of the brain that deal with emotional reactions and rational decision-making undergo significant and rapid development. For these reasons, teenagers are often thought of as moody and are reprimanded for making questionable decisions. However, these moods and decisions are part of the maturity process. Try to remember that simple science is behind this behavior, even though it may not always feel so simple.

What’s happening on the outside?

You can’t see the biological gears turning inside of your teen, so instead, think of all the things they’re experiencing externally. They’re going through major milestones for

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the first time. Younger teens are about to enter high school, while older ones have college on the brain. In between are teens working hard to keep up with school and other activities, all while trying to understand their place in the world. They’re figuring out the qualities that make them who they are, and they’re starting to realize how they’re perceived by others. As adults, this might be second-nature knowledge, but every adult was once in the same predicament as these teens. Confronting change you can’t control is nerve-wracking and downright scary at times. Teenagers in today’s world face the same biological changes, and many of the same external changes, that their parents and grandparents faced before them. But today’s teens contend with a big difference: the internet. While peer pressure and bullying have existed for time immemorial, their effects are made saturated and prevalent thanks to modern technology. With social media, internet user boards, video streaming platforms, and more, teens are exposed to increased opportunities for judgment and social pressures. The ability to connect with people around the world can be fantastic because it allows for new perspectives and insights, but it also presents dangers to teens’ well-being and mindsets, which are already vulnerable. Be aware of what your teens are facing and be patient as they sort through the stimuli in their life. What’s happening on the internet?

Figuring out the best ways to spend time with the teenagers in your life can be tricky. Because social awareness is prominent in their minds, they may want to spend the majority of their free time with friends rather than family. Remind yourself why that is and try to be understanding. Don’t be disheartened if they want some space to do their own thing. They’re doing their best to figure out who they are and what role they should play in the world. You had to do the same, so let your teen know you’re there to support them.

THE AGE OF STRESS Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety

It’s hard to imagine kids as anything but carefree, happy, and eager to explore the world around them. However, children experience stress just like adults do, which can severely impact their typically cheerful dispositions. Since April is National Stress Awareness Month, now is an opportune time to familiarize yourself with tools and information that can help you alleviate your child’s stress. What are their stressors? Any number of everyday factors can lead to stress, and stress can plague anyone who feels overwhelmed. Toddlers and young children going to day care or school for the first time may experience separation anxiety

due to being apart from their parents. Older kids and teenagers may feel mounting social and academic pressure. Even something as simple as overhearing loved ones arguing or seeing a sad news report can add to a child’s stress levels. How do I know if my child is stressed? When a kid is stressed, they will exhibit odd behavior and even undergo physical changes. Depending on your child’s age, watch for mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, headaches, trouble focusing, or withdrawal from the people around them. According to KidsHealth. org, younger children may also pick up habits like twirling their hair or sucking their thumb, while older kids may start to bully others, lie, or rebel. Can I help reduce their stress? According to KidsHealth.org, good nutrition, proper rest, and healthy attention are great ways to help kids manage their stress. Set time aside each day to talk and spend time with your children; talking about worries will reduce or relieve anxieties. If you know about an upcoming stressful situation, like a school exam or a health checkup, prepare your child by studying with them or talking to them about what to expect.

Don’t stop here. For more tools and information regarding stress reduction in children, visit KidsHealth.org or contact your doctor.

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Have you ever walked through a park and seen a plastic bottle or wrapper lying on the ground? If so, did you pick it up and properly dispose of it? You might not have realized it, but in that moment, you took a small step toward keeping your community — and, by extension, America —beautiful! April is Keep America Beautiful Month, and folks who celebrate aim to help each community in every state stay clean and green. Created by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful, this holiday offers a perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work to better the place you live in. Here are three ways to show your appreciation for a green America this month. Volunteer for the Great American Cleanup. This event is one of America’s largest community improvement programs, with hundreds of thousands of people participating each year. In 2019, over 550,000 volunteers participated in the GAC to bring natural beauty back into their communities. 2020 marks this event’s 22nd year, and you can be a part of it this month! Volunteer your time with a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate or another community improvement program close to home. Do your part to clean up your parks and spread awareness today. Start plogging. If you’re passionate about staying active and cleaning up your neighborhood, then this is the perfect activity for you! Plogging combines Do Your Part to Keep America Beautiful ANDMAINTAIN GREEN LIVING SPACES FOR EVERYONE

jogging and picking up litter, which takes care of your health and keeps your community clean. Anybody can do it: Just throw on your running shoes, grab a bag, head out the door, and pick up any stray bits of trash you see on your morning jog or evening walk. Improve recycling through education. An important goal during Keep America Beautiful Month is to spread awareness about recycling. There are various ways to educate those around you about recycling and encourage them to do their part. At work, for example, you can volunteer to lead a recycling initiative by printing off guides and fostering discussions on why recycling is so essential. At home, you can make a commitment with your family to fulfill the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse, recycle.

To discover more ways to participate in Keep America Beautiful month, visit their website at KAB.org today!

Take a Break!

Easy Deviled Eggs

While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.

INGREDIENTS •

1/2 cup mayonnaise

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1/2 tsp ground mustard Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste 12 large eggs, hard-boiled Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish

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2 tbsp milk

1 tsp dried parsley flakes

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1/2 tsp dill weed

1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced

DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley

3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.

flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites.

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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Ty PAGE 1 Stepping Into Your Teenager’s Shoes PAGE 1 Helping Your Child Manage Stress PAGE 2 Keep America Beautiful PAGE 3 Easy Deviled Eggs PAGE 3 Take a Break! PAGE 3 Tips for Raising Strong, Confident Women PAGE 4

ENCOURAGING YOUR LITTLE GIRL Tips for Raising Strong, Confident Women

Encourage bravery and a growth mindset.

from business to the military, and has found that the quality most successful people share is grit. The ability to stay engaged with tough tasks for a long period of time is a skill that takes a long time to build, but it’s not impossible for your girl to begin developing grit right now. Duckworth believes the growth mindset can start young girls on a path to embracing failure and moving forward from it. However, a lack of trust in your daughter can suffocate her growth. Despite all the adult-directed activities we give our kids, we need to step back and let them make some of their own decisions. We can give them encouragement and help along the way, but for the most part, we need to trust they can solve problems on their own. When you put faith and trust in your little girl to handle her most difficult problems, she’ll learn to do the same for herself.

In a time when it’s so easy to let technology and school run your child’s life, what’s your role as a parent or guardian?We often hear motivational quotes talking about the importance of risk- taking and resilience, but it can be tough for little girls to learn from just YouTube videos and school alone. Here’s how you can encourage your daughter to spark her own confidence during her toughest moments.

Even children can feel pressured to perform to high standards yet stay within their comfort zone. They might think,“I’mnot strong enough to climb this tree.”But whether it’s climbing trees or building things with others, small feelings of bravery can grow larger as they grow older. Self-empowerment will be a crucial skill in their lives, so encourage a mindset focused on growth through the process of learning. Teach themhow the brain grows and adapts rapidly whenever we encounter failure and that failure andmistakes are a part of life. Once they understand that failure isn’t permanent, they’ll be inspired to take risks and solve their problems. Trust your daughter while teaching grit. Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth studies successful people in a wide variety of fields,

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