Parenting During the Pandemic: Lessons to Learn and Remember

In early March (what I have come to refer to as “the before times”), none of us could have imagined that we would be heading into a new school year with social distancing, mask wearing, and limits on travel and other activities still necessary and still in place. As time goes on, it may become…

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Parenting During the Pandemic: 5 Mindfulness Strategies for Coping

Cultivating a mindfulness practice where one nurtures being in the present moment with lovingkindness and without judgment can prove to be a valuable coping tool for managing the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty thrust upon us along with the burdensome daily extras inherent in the quarantine and home schooling can serve to increase our personal and…

Helping Teens Make Healthy Choices During the Pandemic

The stereotype surrounding teens and risky behavior is one that, in this case, is well-founded.  Teens often don’t consider the consequences of their actions, even when they are well-informed about the risks.  Or if they do consider the possible negative outcomes, somehow those consequences don’t get factored in to their decision making. This trouble with…

Parenting During the Pandemic: Raising Resilient Children

In these extraordinary times, many parents are feeling overwhelmed and stretched thin in a way that they have never experienced before.  Not only are they navigating their own anxiety about how to care for their family in the midst of a global pandemic, but they are also concerned about the long-term impact that it will…

The Importance of Controlling the Controllables During the Pandemic

Since the start of this COVID-19 pandemic, we have all faced an incredible amount of uncertainty about the future. Not knowing what is going to happen, social isolation, and having so many things out of our control increases the risk of experiencing feelings of anxiety and/or depression. We all have a desire for certainty and…

Parenting During the Pandemic: Helping Children Manage Change

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, families are charting a new course this summer while we all work together to keep our communities safe. From the loss of end-of-the-school-year parties to limited playdates and cancelled summer camps, these unexpected changes in plans, normalcy, and routine mean that kids (and parents) are challenged more…

Parenting During the Pandemic: How to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ at Home

During these times of intense fear and uncertainty, it is completely understandable that many families are experiencing an increase in emotional distress. We are all facing major life adjustments, hardships, and obstacles in our daily life that greatly challenge our ability to function well. In order to cope with these struggles and unfamiliar situations, children…

Parenting During the Pandemic: Homework Completion

Motivating children to complete assignments is a challenge many families face during a typical school year.  During atypical times, such as the current school closures and subsequent move to parent-led instruction, this challenge can seem more overwhelming.  Below are six strategies parents can implement to ease this interaction: Set Realistic Expectations.  Expectations around assignments and…

Teletherapy Services

This is an incredibly challenging time in our world and we want you to know that FamilyFirst’s commitment to supporting the well-being of children, teens, adults, and families is stronger than ever.   Our experienced and dedicated team of licensed clinical psychologists is now able to provide Teletherapy Services.  Goals of teletherapy sessions (available for…

Coping with Anxiety around COVID-19

“Unprecedented.”  “Uncharted territory.”  “No clear rules.”  “Constantly changing.”  These are just a few of the words and phrases being used to describe our life right now as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.  Not knowing what is going to happen and having so many things out of our control are key contributors to anxiety, so it…