Weekly Roundup – Boston Battling Homelessness: As we bundle up kids in jackets and mittens this winter, Boston is making changes to bring more of their youth in from the cold. By: Lauae Wolfe

 

Transitional housing with around the clock supervision
The best of both worlds, youth in Boston now have the opportunity to live at Liberty house, a new transitional housing for homeless youth. Boston is addressing the reported 360 youth and young adults living in temporary shelters across their city, providing an option where “[t]hey can make mistakes and still get back up and keep pushing,” she said, adding the residents “don’t have to worry about, ‘I need to get this subsidy, or that subsidy for me to stay here.’ ”

Read more: https://www.wbur.org/news/2018/11/28/youth-homelessness-dorchester-liberty-house

England and Wales: staggering number of youth-involved knife attacks and deaths.
Spreading like wildfire, at least 1,063 teenagers and young children have been killed by knives in England and Wales. In the West Midlands, specifically, deaths amongst children and youth are at a 40-year high. Outside of London, West Midlands has seen the highest increase in knife attacks, and residents are “are alarmed by the sheer number and we are alarmed by the ages of those involved.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/29/like-fires-everywhere-west-midlands-becomes-a-youth-knife-crime-hotspot

Over five decades of study, “I turned out Fine” is not a valid parenting strategy.
The excuse I turned out fine has been levied to explain the validity of not wearing seatbelts, and more concernedly to support the use of spanking children or youth. The New York Times article explains that using I turned out Fine “is an arrogant dismissal of an alternative evidence-based view. It requires no perspective and no engagement with an alternative perspective. The statement closes off discourse and promotes a single perspective that is oblivious to alternatives that may be more enlightened.”

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/well/family/the-fallacy-of-the-i-turned-out-fine-argument.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FChildren%20and%20Youth&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=collection

Lauae Wolfe

About Lauae Wolfe

Former Director of Human Resources, single mother of 3, full-time law student, former refugee ESL teacher.

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