Insights Into Teens: Episode 68 “Making the Grade during COVID-19”

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic stretches well beyond the devastating impact of the illness itself. The circumstances of quarantine and isolation have far reaching impacts on every facet of life as we know it.

This week we explore the impact on teens and their ability to excel academically. Madison had a few surprisingly low grades that left her concerned and a bit shaken. Blaming herself for failure she was pretty hard on herself for the grades.

We explore the impact that our current conditions play in our teens academic experiences. We look at how our school systems were ill prepared for a massive home schooling push and how our teachers and administrators have done the best under very difficult circumstances.

We’ll also look at just what the impact is to our teens. How having their entire daily routine upset and the stability and focus they derive from a regular schedule can quickly fade away in the less disciplined home schooling situation they’ve found themselves in.

We will also take a look at how teens can get help under these circumstances and explore options to help keep the grades up and to help keep the learning and knowledge flow moving. Everyone understands these are difficult and unusual times, but we will get through this.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 68 “Star Wars…Nothing But Star Wars”

Disney Detective uncovers plans for the phased Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores and we’ve finally got official dates for the staggered reopening along with service restrictions and other precautionary measures being taken.

Star Wars Insights takes a look at how Stormtroopers are helping to encourage social distancing at Disney Springs. Ahmed Best, known for the iconic role of Jar Jar Binks returns to the Star Wars universe with a new game show. We’ll also look at the expected delays to the next phase of the Star Wars Universe Star Wars: The High Republic.

In Entertainment News the awards shows are at it again with more ridiculously restrictive rules and their selective interpretation of those rules. Apparently the Gold Globes takes issue with Pedro Pascal wearing a helmet for his role in The Mandalorian and is under threat of being declared just a voice actor and ineligible for any Globe awards for acting. We’ll bash the Golden Globes a bit for this idiotic move.

Then we’ll move on to our Insightful Picks of the Week with a couple of good ones including a new satirical role for Steve Carell.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 67 “Facemasks, Bonuses and Baby Yoda”

As Disney readies to open it’s parks there is controversy swelling around the use of facemasks. Disney heir and grandson of Walt Disney is the latest family member to come out against the corporate giants policies on paying bonuses to management during a massive furlough of it’s employees. George Lucas talks about a little known link between Yoda of Empire Strikes Back and Baby Yoda of The Mandalorian.

Universal Studios announces it will be the first mega theme park to open in the Orlando Florida area, testing the waters and setting a precedent for others to follow. John Krasinski’s supposedly home grown news show sells out to ViacomCBS after an apparent heated bidding war. Some of our favorite conventions announce the show must go on but with delayed dates plus our Insightful Picks of the Week.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 67 “Balancing Emotions”

Teens face a deluge of emotions both positive and negative. Balancing those emotions and dealing with them can be a monumental challenge as they tackle all of the other issues associated with being a teenager.

This week we look at five different techniques to help you balance those emotions so you can deal with them, keep them in check and turn them into constructive aspects of your personality. We’ll look at how to ride the wave of emotions, discuss meditation and mindfulness techniques, explore how physical exercise can help, discuss the importance of sleep hygiene and look at how creative and being in the “flow” can improve focus.

All of the techniques we’ll talk about this week not only help to balance your emotions but have both psychological and physical benefits to them. Instead of resorting to medications to combat some of the more common issues in teens learning to balance your emotions can have the same lasting effects.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 66 “It’s All Fake Anyway”

Disney Detective looks at the recently published plan for the reopening of Disney World starting with a phase I approach that has Disney Springs partially opening. We’ll also look at Disney’s ‘Frozen’ show on Broadway becoming another apparent casualty of the COVID-19 situation.

In Star Wars Insights we’ll take a look at a Twitter storm surrounding comments made by Lucasfilm executive Matt Martin. More importantly, we’ll look at the fan reaction to his off the cuff comments and see just how passionate and how inappropriate the Star Wars fans can be when their franchise is threatened in any way.

Grease is the word in Entertainment News this week, replacing the Tony Awards broadcast with the Grease singalong. And news of a film adaptation of the Tony award winning smash hit “Hamilton” featuring the original cast which will be appearing on Disney+ in July.

As always we’ll finish up with a couple of Insightful Picks of the Week.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 66 “Q&A Series: Emotions, Dreams and Life Events”

In another Q&A sessions we explore emotions, dreams and life events with Madison. We will talk about simple things like what thrills and excites teens and what is the best thing about being a teenager. We will also discuss sleep habits, dreams and nightmares. Then we’ll talk about some of Madison’s earliest memories, regrets and embarrassing moments and much more.

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