Adjusting to an Empty Nest

Adjusting to an Empty Nest Most college freshman have been at school for about a month now.  For parents, that means it has been at least 4 weeks without your child at home.  You have been learning what it is like to go through daily life without your child at dinner, in his room, talking … Read more

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep As school starts up again and schedules get busier, sleep is an important consideration for people of all ages.  Sleep problems and disagreements about sleep can have negative impacts on individuals and families.  Family fights about going to bed, following evening routines and rules, and waking up and leaving the house … Read more

Practicing Kindness and Finding Delight

Practicing Kindness and Finding Delight As I opened my laptop to write today, I passed by headlines about wildfires and floods related to climate change, increasing COVID-19 numbers, economic instability, political scandals, and the fear and anger experienced and expressed by leaders and followers in our almost unthinkably polarized society. And in my clinical practice, … Read more

The Bad Reputation of “Average”

The Bad Reputation of “Average” With the Olympics fast approaching, I am eagerly anticipating sitting on my couch watching non-stop television for three weeks.  In addition to the pomp and circumstance of it all, I have always loved watching the incredible athleticism and am completely awestruck by what the human body can achieve.  There is … Read more

Preventing Meltdowns in Children During the Summer Break

Preventing Meltdowns in Children During the Summer Break Research studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Furthermore, these two key environmental conditions can significantly reduce and even prevent meltdowns.  So, what is a meltdown? I encourage parents to consider that a meltdown can be an “involuntary reaction to … Read more

Helping Children Manage Re-Entry Anxiety

Helping Children Manage Re-Entry Anxiety For many of us, it feels like the warm days of summer are also ushering in a chance to return to a long-awaited sense of normalcy as vaccination rates increase and the world is re-opening. However, as with all major life changes, it is also completely normal to feel mixed … Read more

Shhhhhh! Ways to Quiet Our Anxiety

Shhhhhh! Ways to Quiet Our Anxiety I recently gave a talk for Mental Health Awareness month and one of the talking points that attracted the most interest was about different kinds of self-talk we can use to calm our worries.  Anxiety is an incredibly common emotion, particularly in our world right now.  Many of us … Read more