Over the past few decades, there has been a rise in the number of children experiencing social, emotional and attentional problems. One of the most potent prevention strategies and remedies is within the reach of every family: Unstructured free play.
I’ve been teaching, writing, counseling, consulting and conducting research on children’s development since 1985. I’ve written dozens of articles, book chapters, and conference presentations, and am co-author of Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for ...View Full Profile
By packing your kids a healthy, nutritious lunch and one they will actually eat can be a challenge. Providing your children with a nutritious lunch each day is an important way to make sure they are getting the nutrients their growing bodies need. With competition from the cafeteria, where the temptations of pizza, vending machines and other unhealthy snacks await, you have to step up your game.
I have been a Registered Dietitian for over twelve years, the first seven years in a clinical setting the last seven working specifically with the HIV population first in home care and now in an outpatient clinic. I also have a small private pra...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Are you wondering about how to help your anxious child? Are you unsure about what to do when your child comes to you with fear and nervousness? Do you feel trapped in your child’s anxiety patterns? You are definitely not alone.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns among kids and teens. Since there are a lot of anxious kids, there are also a lot of parents trying to figure out how to help their kids. The following are some basic principles to follow when you are working with your child to conquer their anxiety.
Dr. Umbach is a licensed psychologist at Southeast Psych, a large group practice in Charlotte, NC. Her areas of specialty include anxiety issues (obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, social anxiety, phobias, worry, and generalized anxiety), hoa...View Full Profile
For many parents and children, playdates are stressful. An experience that is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable becomes a stress-inducing, pass/fail day that often ends in tears. And that’s just the parents. Children often feed off the stress and pressure that many parents feel and end up unintentionally creating an interaction that is doomed before it begins. Here are some basic tips for parents of children who struggle with social interactions.
Kelly Peters, MA obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology at LaSalle University and has been working with young people with autism for almost 10 years. Kelly's early training included work in ABA and PECS devices and focused much of her ear...View Full Profile
Honesty is a learned trait. Children learn how and why to be honest from the important people in their lives. It is never too soon for a lesson on the value and importance of honesty. Here are some things parents can do to model, teach, and encourage honesty.
Esther Poler is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is Scheck Hillel Community School's school counselor for Early Childhood-Grade 2. Prior to Scheck Hillel, she provided therapy and counseling to children and families at a public agency. Thr...View Full Profile
Young twins often hide their feelings of resentment over being treated as half of a whole. However, older twins can become markedly defensive about their twin status and long to be recognized as a single entity. Twins need ongoing help to understand and articulate their feelings toward one another. This article presents strategies to help parents support their twins in exploring these difficult feelings and offers advice on how to treat twins as two unique children who happen to be born at the same time.
Dr. Joan Friedman is an identical twin, mother of five including adult fraternal twins, and a psychotherapist specializing in twin issues. She is the author of Emotionally Healthy Twins, a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self...View Full Profile
The loss of childhood is a serious and complex problem facing many families in America. It is clear that our kids are growing up very quickly in a generation full of electronics, never experienced by their parents.
Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
While some anxiety in childhood is common, research has shown a large increase in anxiety in children today. In fact, ten percent of children display excessive fears and anxieties that usually lead to an anxiety disorder later in life. What’s a parent to do when their children display anxious behaviors? The following are some guidelines to help you parent your anxious child and help them learn better ways of thinking and coping.
Zach holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor who primarily works with survivors of trauma and abuse in his private practice. In addition to practicing therapy, Zach is an adjunct f...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Teaching your children about philanthropy is vital. More than anything, it is important to show children early on that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. And the benefits that kids get from volunteering, such as empowerment and believing in themselves, are truly amazing and life changing. Parents can help their children think of philanthropic ideas and the many ways they can help others.
Liz Scott is the Co-Executive Director of the Foundation, but she is most proud of her title of "Mom" to her three sons, (Patrick, Eddie, and Joey) and her daughter Alex (our founder). When Alex decided to hold a lemonade stand to help other chi...View Full Profile
Family dinners and special occasions go together like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. However, according to a new survey, birthdays and holidays may be among the few times that families actually sit down together to eat.
Since 1997, Krumholz has been with The Renfrew Center, the nation’s first residential and largest network of eating disorder treatment facilities. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, where she participated in a ...View Full Profile
A child’ self-worth and overall confidence can have a great impact on his progression throughout the various stages of development and maturation. As clinicians, parents, and teachers, it is essential to realize how much of a role we actually play in shaping the thriving of our youths. Our precious children are constantly listening, paying attention and soaking up adult dialogue like a sponge and internalizing what is being transmitted to them. The words used toward children can either facilitate or impede their progress into adults.
Marcella Talignani is a psychotherapist practicing in Brooklyn, New York. She has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is an MSW, LMSW, LCSW. She specializes in treating a very diverse population of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. She is a...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Because all parents want to feel good about the food they prepare for their kids at mealtime, they are are constantly searching for nutritious options. Feeling good about the foods you serve to your family is important, but it is also just as important to create rituals that will build a sense of togetherness and family during mealtimes for years to come.
After facing the challenge of trying to find healthy, store-bought alternatives to a home-cooked family dinner, Heather Stouffer launched Mom Made Foods, an organic-foods company in Alexandria, Va., in 2006. Mom Made Foods offers convenient meal...View Full Profile
Parents are often caught in a dilemma regarding the quantity and quality of their children’s afterschool activities. On the one hand, parents are legitimately concerned about kids spending their free time watching TV, playing video games or surfing Internet chat rooms. In addition to the well-documented “couch potato effect” of obesity, high cholesterol and passivity that results from physically unengaging leisure activities, there is also evidence linking violent behavior, lack of empathy and smoking with excessive TV viewing and video game playing.
Dr. Richard C. Horowitz has been working with children, schools and families for over 35 years. As a professional educator and agency provider he has filled a variety of roles including teacher, school administrator and CEO of a case management ...View Full Profile
Anxiety is not good or bad--it is an emotional state that all people experience on a routine basis. In fact, we need anxiety to survive in our world.
While anxiety can help motivate you to study for a test or complete a project out of fear of failure, it also can lead to considerable distress or life problems when it becomes too great. Children are not immune to anxiety, as they often struggle with it on a daily basis. The following guidelines may help you jumpstart your child’s path to more effectively coping with anxiety.
Dr. Chasson completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships through Harvard Medical School at McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, and his B.A. in ...View Full Profile
Today’s children are exposed to many factors that can result in trauma, such as bullying, violence or threats. In spite of the best efforts by parents and caregivers, traumatization may still occur. Therefore, we must be prepared to respond in a manner that helps these children deal with the event and heal afterwards. By being proactive and responding appropriately, we can reduce the risk of retraumatization.
Elizabeth S. Marsal, PhD, LSAC, CCJP is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice at North Carolina Wesleyan College. She has over 14 years in higher education as well as experience in substance abuse, juvenile justic...View Full Profile
Today’s kids are riveted by digital devices. Far beyond mere electronic pacifiers, digital media offers unique opportunities for kids to learn, while also having fun.
With a B.S. in Education, Sherry Maysonave began her career teaching fifth and third grades. An accomplished motivational speaker and author of the category best-seller, Casual Power and most recently, the new-generation eBook, EggMania, Sherry ...View Full Profile