Chaos in America

Keeping Our Children Safe in the Midst of Chaos

What a sad and scary week for our country.  I saw a meme yesterday that said something to the effect of, “Hey, 2021, I want my money back…the 7 day trial didn’t work out so well.”  As parents, we ourselves are likely struggling with how to cope with the Capitol riots, the political unrest as…

Strategies for Preventing Substance Abuse During the Pandemic

The current pandemic has presented a host of social, emotional, and economic difficulties.  With a rise in psychological stressors and perceived threat attached to COVID-19, substance use rates have risen.  Nielsen statistics regarding alcohol sales reported a 54% increase in the United States for the week ending March 21, 2020 compared with the year prior. …

Supporting Athletes During Covid-19

As we continue our ongoing adjustment to the restrictions of the current pandemic, we are recognizing that student-athletes are faced with a unique set of challenges and difficulties. Not only did they have to quickly adjust to online learning like all students last March, but also the abrupt cancellation of their season, practices, and games.…

Thoughts on Getting Through a COVID-19 Winter

Now that we have weathered several seasons of life in a pandemic, many of us have settled into the anxiety a bit.  By now, most of us have given up countless get-togethers, forgone summer vacations or family reunions, and lost all kinds of previously taken-for-granted aspects of our day-to-day work or school lives.  We have…

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…

mindfulness

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…