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Apple Valley MN, 55124
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A look back to the summer of '14

We caught up with this active match before an 8 mile bike ride. Josh and his mentor Brad take frequent bike rides around the city lakes or where ever their interests take them. When I asked Brad what he liked most about Josh, he said "Josh likes to try new things - and we have done lots of things Josh has never done before. Also he is very curious and aware - he is inquisitive and he doesn't miss a thing!

We asked Josh a similar question: What do you like most about Brad? Josh said, "Well that will take about 5 hours to answer because there is so much! Together we like biking and running and seeing the city and then we started playing a bean bag toss game. I always beat him. Always." Brad piped up "Well not always.

Teens, Sleep and School Success

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Late bedtimes and difficulty waking are linked to changes in brain chemistry during adolescence. Understanding teen sleep requirements can help improve school performance. (see here)

Hi everyone

School has started and in my house we are dealing with the dreaded "Do I really have to go to bed?  I'm not tired".  It's hard to switch from the lazy summer schedule to getting up for school.  But kids need SLEEP.  Talk to your mentee- you can support them by understanding their sleep needs, letting them know why they need sleep and encouraging them to have good sleep habits now. 

 "As middle and high school students adjust to school schedules, many find it challenging to keep up with studies and activities and still get the sleep they need. Michigan State University Extension helps teens, parents and others who care about teens better understand adolescent brain development and how it influences sleep cycles.

Two changes affect sleep patterns at puberty. The brain changes the way sleep is regulated, with increased hormones that shift sleep timing to later at night and also sleeping later in the morning. Another change is the need for more sleep – teens need 8.5–9.5 hours of sleep each night.
Scientific studies by over sixty experts in the field of sleep health have researched this topic for almost 20 years and confirmed these findings. A prominent expert on adolescent sleep, Dr. Mary Carskadon, director of the Chronobiology/Sleep Research Laboratory at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, R.I. and professor at the Brown University School of Medicine, notes that teens who get the sleep they need have less likelihood of depressed moods, reduced tardiness, reduced absenteeism and better grades in school. She maintains that children and adolescents experience better learning and academic success and greater physical and mental health when their sleep is protected and supported to levels recommended by a consensus of experts. Sleep is a very productive time for the developing brain. During sleep the brain is organizing and consolidating the day’s learning.
Carskadon defends the scientific evidence in Sleep Guidance for Kids and Teens Is Based on Sound Science, and also acknowledges that there is some individual variability in sleep needs – therefore these recommendations are offered as guidelines. She encourages parents to watch for potential signs of insufficient sleep in children and teens, such as difficulty waking in the morning, daytime sleepiness and sleeping longer on weekends and school vacations.
Sleep experts say dimming the lights at night and getting lots of daylight in the morning can help. Avoiding caffeine, especially in the evening, having a routine bedtime of 10 p.m., sleeping in a cool environment and turning off music and other electronic devices will also help to reset the body clock. Allow time to catch up on sleep during the weekend, but avoid “binge-sleeping.” If a student is used to getting up at 6:30 a.m., they shouldn’t sleep until noon on the weekend, which confuses their bodies."

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Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.