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: 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…

Active Listening for Connection and Conflict Resolution

One of the most powerful experiences humans can have is feeling truly heard and understood. And while this may not seem like it would be difficult or rare, there is more to being a good listener than we might expect. We can all recall times when we have tried to talk about something important and…

Tapping Into the Healing Power of Yoga During the Holiday Season

The most wonderful and busiest time of the year is here! Holidays can be a time of joy and spending time with family and friends. But, it can also be a stressful time of the year. Taking care of yourself in the midst of all the parties and togetherness, shopping, and in general fulfilling the…

Let’s Talk about Academic Pressure

Middle and high school students are more stressed and anxious now than in past decades. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, anxiety disorders in children and teens increased by 20 percent from 2007 to 2012. One reason for this troubling rise in anxiety is an increase in academic pressure. While we want…

Student Athlete

The “Perfect” Athlete (Part 2 of 2 on Perfectionism)

Seeming to parallel educational settings, many sports teams and athletic organizations encourage high achievement, rigid standards, and ambitious goals from their participants.  This phenomenon can begin early with coaches and parents telling children that ‘practice makes perfect.’ Furthermore, as an athlete continues to develop and grow competitively in their sport, they are often given the…

Summer

Easing into Summer

Summer is finally here, and kids (and parents) are more than ready for a chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy a much-needed respite from the demands of school. However, for many families, this also means contending with the potential for increased boredom and stress due to being out of the usual routine and navigating significantly…

The “Perfect” Student (Part 1 of 2 on Perfectionism)

The pursuit of excellence can be encouraged in various ways throughout society.  High ambitions are not only validated, but are used to promote individual achievement and societal progress.  In educational settings, academic achievement is commonly viewed as a main indicator of success.  With the increased challenge of college acceptance and the fast-paced, competitive nature of…