Teens

How to Help Your Child with the Disappointment of Having Everything Canceled

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Published on: March 31, 2020

Schools are closed and workplaces but that is not all — birthday parties, sports games, the school play, extracurricular activities, playdates, trips to visit family are all on hold for now. The major life alterations that have had to happen because of Covid-19 are disappointing both for parents and their children. How do you explain things to your children? How do you help your child through this mound of disappointment?  It is a difficult situation, to say the least. We have all dealt with the occasional snow day or telling our children they can’t attend a birthday party because of… Continue Reading This Article

Ending the Social Media Comparison Game

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Published on: March 4, 2020

Have you ever felt inadequate, unsuccessful, discouraged, or just plain bad about yourself after getting off social media? Maybe you don’t feel like you are enough. Maybe you feel like you aren’t doing as much as your friends or family. Or, maybe you are wondering why your relationships don’t look the same as others.  The rise of social media over the past decade has led to a culture of comparing and contrasting. We are so used to seeing the “successes” of others on the internet that we fear we aren’t living our best life. We are constantly questioning our life… Continue Reading This Article

What Your Teen Needs Most

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Published on: November 4, 2019

The adolescent years are difficult to navigate both for children and their parents. Hormone levels are running rampant, brains are changing, and your once precious child is now slamming doors, taking extreme risks, and crying uncontrollably at the dinner table.  A Tricky Time For All We have always known that the teenage years were tricky. It is a time when parents tend to let go a bit, let their teen figure things out, but also attempt to set boundaries and teach valuable life skills. New research from a variety of multiyear studies offers more information and understanding of the adolescent… Continue Reading This Article

What is your teen’s smartphone doing to their mental health?

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Published on: October 1, 2019

Smartphones weren’t a thing when I was a teenager. They didn’t exist yet. But, through the teen years I still dealt with the typical stuff—figuring out who I was compared to my friends, adjusting to hormones and body changes, and the dramas of my friends/boyfriends.  When I wanted to call my friends, I would use the house phone (where everyone could hear what I was saying). Social media wasn’t even created. When we left school, we actually left. The day’s drama, while still on our minds for a short while, was left at our lockers.  Nowadays almost every teen you… Continue Reading This Article

How can you help? Tips for parents of kids with depression/anxiety

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Published on: September 16, 2019

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. As a parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to know how to help your child. You may feel defeated or like you are doing a bad job of parenting, when in fact anxiety and depression are NOT a result of bad parenting. You may also struggle with maintaining calm or patience with your child as you might not understand why they are reacting in a certain way. First of all, as the parent, you need… Continue Reading This Article

Why summer is the best time to focus on your child’s mental health

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Published on: June 17, 2019

Summertime is great for many reasons. The kids are out of school. The weather is great. There is more freedom on our time and less extracurricular obligations. It is a great time to get outside, to reconnect with yourself, and to get your child the therapy he/she/they needs.  Therapy tends to be thought of as a school-year thing. Parents see their kids struggle with stress over class assignments and drama with their peers while school is in session. But, often times busy schedules get in the way of scheduling counseling appointments and mental health falls to the bottom of the… Continue Reading This Article

How Can I Help My Teen Feel Less Stressed?

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Published on: April 10, 2018

There is no doubt teens are feeling stressed. The pressure is on to excel on every level: academics, extracurriculars, socially. Throw in social media, which literally gives them no break from social demands. Teens don’t have time to rest, let alone be kids. Kids—that is what they still are for a few more years, yet they are so quickly thrown into adulthood these days. While a little stress can be a good thing, motivating students to put in the extra effort, the amount some are feeling is at an unhealthy level. The pressures teens are facing are harmful to their… Continue Reading This Article

The All-Important Family Dinner

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Published on: September 21, 2017

Life is hectic. Between shuffling the kids from extracurricular activities, getting your work done, and taking care of life’s many chores it is easy to let family dinner time fall by the wayside — but that is exactly why it is so important.   In fact, research shows family dinners are among the most important things you can do as a family. Children who eat family dinners do better in school, eat healthier, and make better life choices; and parents who have family dinners report lower levels of stress, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and… Continue Reading This Article

School Days Are Beginning, Start Healthy

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Published on: August 2, 2017

It is almost time for back to school. Whether you are a college student going away for the first time or a middle schooler getting ready to enter high school — change can be hard. Really hard.   Lets be honest there are a lot of ways to look at back to school — you could look at the parents and the stress (or relief) they experience sending their children off, or you could look at the child/teen/young adult and some of the things that might be going through their always-moving brains. For the sake of this blog post we… Continue Reading This Article

The Struggle for Parents to Manage Teen’s Technology Usage

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Published on: July 14, 2017

There is no question that teens are spending way too much time on social networks, and in turn— studies have shown — their mental health is suffering. Social media and constant text messaging from peers have become so integral to teens lives that in many cases it is leading to more anxiety, depression, and decreased self-esteem. No Escape With the use of social media, there is no escape from the stressors of adolescent peer-to-peer relationships. No escape from bullying and a constant exposure to a skewed and unrealistic view of others’ lives. Teens are spending more time glued to their… Continue Reading This Article