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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] gingicat and Boychik. It also fills the "despair" square in my 5-1-18 General card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest.

"Let It Fly Away"

Middle school students
know more about stress
than adults would believe,

responsibilities and
expectations piling up
on them like backpacks.

Between school and homework
and extracurriculars required
for even the hope of college,
they despair of finding
a moment to relax.

So they turn to electronics --
Let's Play videos and LOLcats,
Happy Habits and Take a Break --
to relieve the unending stress.

They grow succulents in Viridi
and goldfish in Zen Koi.

It's a way to remember that
they're not stuck in a world where
all they can ever do is endure.

They can give their stress wings
and let it fly away.

* * *


"Give your stress wings and let it fly away."
-- Lydia Sweatt

Teens are often more stressed than adults. Notice that nobody in the article suggests actually reducing the pressure on students, only giving them "better support" to cope with the overload. It's abuse to demand so much of people that it ruins their health. Remember that no diploma does any good if you're too sick to use it. Unsurprisingly, constant stress can damage the growing brain. Know the signs of stress in middle school students. Parents can help their children learn healthy coping skills.

Today, many apps exist to help stressed teens relax. Consider Happy Habits, Take a Break, Viridi, or Zen Koi.

(no subject)

Date: 2018-05-01 10:56 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
*smiles* there are other ways to escape as well; this is about grownups, but my bunch has used roleplay to de-escalate for as long they've known how to roleplay, which is a long time from their POV...

Ysabet, you probably know this one, since you know Tom, but there are at least a few newbies here... Rich Fantasy Lives is by Tom Smith and Rob Balder, covered by Vixy and Tony (just the two, no string section on this one).
Edited Date: 2018-05-01 10:57 pm (UTC)

My take

Date: 2018-05-02 03:37 am (UTC)
thnidu: a dandelion plant, the symbol of filk (filk)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
("Ttto" is filkish for "to the tune of". If you've never heard the original song Rich Fantasy Lives (YouTube 3:59), which [personal profile] technoshaman links in his comment, listen to that before reading further. Or listen to Tom Smith and Rob Balder singing it (YouTube 3:53); Rob sings the first verse, Tom the second. Best of all, listen to both!)

Rich Fantasy Lives
(In Which I Rob Balder)
words copyright 2007 thnidu
ttto Rich Fantasy Lives (words by Rob Balder, music by Tom Smith)
This isn't Rob's tune (it's Tom Smith's). It's not his lyric. It's not even his title— trust me.

The critics are crying that the genre is dying,
Bled out into romance and horror,
That tales paranormal that turn into porn'll
Be just one-way tickets to nowhere.

But fandom all knows of the wonders that rose
From the pulps while the critics were shriekin',
And yesterday's scandal, today's brightest candle,
Tomorrow may shine like a beacon.

        Rich fantasy lives.
        The pleasures it gives and the faults it forgives
        Escape all the pigeonholes, slip through the sieves.
        Rich fantasy lives.
        Rich fantasy lives.

Re: My take

Date: 2018-05-02 04:43 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Oh, lordy, I gotta be careful around you, that's *twice*... ;)

Re: My take

Date: 2018-05-02 05:09 am (UTC)
thnidu: a dandelion plant, the symbol of filk (filk)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
(evil laugh) That, my frien', is the whole idea!

Re: My take

Date: 2018-05-02 05:31 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Ysabet, the DM is smiling at me!!! ;)

Re: My take

Date: 2018-05-02 06:14 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
*looks down* Crit. *grins back at DM* Bring it.

Re: My take

Date: 2018-05-04 03:07 pm (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
*casts Protection from Evil 10ft radius*
Stay close, this isn't simply a goblin raid! :D

(no subject)

Date: 2018-05-01 11:23 pm (UTC)
gingicat: lots of baby pictures of a child born in 2005 (!) (boychik - animated)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Oh, this is perfect. I copy-pasted it to him, including links.

Stressed middle schoolers

Date: 2018-05-01 11:33 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
When I heard, about fifteen years ago, that colleges were looking at kids' transcripts all the way back to FIFTH GRADE... I was appalled.

The stress begins to mount earlier and earlier, and NO ONE suggests that there's something BADLY broken in a system that won't allow a ten-year-old to stay home alone for half an hour, BUT expects them to be actively WORKING toward college admission requirements.

Some days, I think the whole world is crazy.

It's nice to see a moment of sanity.

Re: Stressed middle schoolers

Date: 2018-05-02 04:59 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Exactly. Kids are getting more and more adult obligations heaped on them, but no more privileges or freedoms. An adult in a stressful job can quit if it wrecks their health. A child who tries to bail out of a health-wrecking school will be dragged back in chains. Of course they're getting sick: it's the only rest they're allowed anymore.

There is an out, for those as can. Homeschooling. I know several kids who thrive(d) on it. Oddly, it seems to be a middle class thing; poor folk can't afford, and rich folk just send'em to boarding school... but frankly, I think the individual attention and tailoring can make for a superior experience for those as would be bored in public prison-lite.

Like I said, not everyone can, which sucks ass, but we need all the good kids we *can* get... I highly recommend it where it's feasible.

Re: Stressed middle schoolers

Date: 2018-05-02 09:12 am (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Yeah, if only any of the three adults had any talent for teaching more than a task here or there. As in, I can’t the kids why/how soap works because they hear me start explaining and ignore me. But they know how to wash.


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