Empowering Kids In An Anxious World -NPR
The article attributes the rise in teen anxiety to a lack of executive function skills developed primarily through free play with peers, which is at a serious decline these days.
"Two or three decades ago, children were roaming neighborhoods in mixed-age groups, playing pretty unsupervised," Lewis says. "They were able to resolve disputes. They planned their time. They managed their games. They had a lot of autonomy, which also feeds self-esteem and mental health."
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