Originally posted August 20, 2016. Back to school time! While I know that some of you are still hanging onto these last few weeks of summer and may even be in denial of the upcoming school year, it is time to start thinking about how to prepare for the change ahead. Right about now I … Continue reading Back to School!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! YOU ONLY HAVE TO EXPLORE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN NOW! REPEAT. Often this time of year I have many eighth graders and juniors/seniors in high school come into my … Continue reading A Note for Teens on their Future
Anxiety and stress rates among children are rising. There are many contributing factors to this sad fact, including: Not enough free and recreation time for open play and movement, A cultural hyper-focus on achievement, Over-exposure to media, Modern diet, Lack of sleep, Genetics, Family dynamics and lack of quality time or stress from over-worked parents, Traumatic … Continue reading Three Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Stress and Anxiety
A common call that I receive as a therapist is from parents with children who are acting out either through tantrums, defiance, or paralyzed from worry and anxiety. Typically there will be a quality of immediacy to the call and often something becomes blatantly obvious in the equation of the struggle. Let's see if … Continue reading Are You in a Modern Day Busy Trap with your Children?
When I see kids individually or in family therapy one of the very first things I suggest is to have “special time” scheduled with your child. Special time is a routinely scheduled play date with your child that is consistent and allows them to choose what to play or do. For some parents this might … Continue reading Special time with children (and partners!)