I’ve been reading about the new middle-school craze–the Choking Game, which involves strangling (one’s self or someone else). The goal is to produce the light-headed feeling that happens when oxygen to the brain is cut off and the “rush” that happens when the choke is released and the oxygen flows back in. As one who, over the course of many years in the martial arts, did plenty of choking (and was choked at least as often), I can say that there is a tiny bit of truth there–you do get a little light-headed before passing out, and you do get a rush when the blood comes back. But I was reminded of two movies that dealt with exactly the same search for a choke-induced high.
[amazon asin=1587613417&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Joe Bruzzese, author of A Parents’ Guide to the Middle School Years.
Topic: Guiding your child’s transition into adolescence.
Issues: How will you handle the inevitable adolescent crises? Balancing a child’s growing need for independence with genuine concern for his or her physical or emotional safety; the many challenges faced by today’s middle schoolers (that we never faced when we were their age).
[amazon asin=1416583009&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Susan Greenland, author of The Mindful Child.
Topic: How to help your kid manage stress and become happier, kinder, and more compassionate.
Issues: How mindful awareness can help kids become happier, kinder, and more compassionate; how to incorporate mindfulness into bedtime routines; how to use a toy “barrel of monkeys” to demonstrate how we relate to thoughts and emotions.