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…

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…

Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of A Grandparent

Often a child’s first direct dealing with death involves the loss of a grandparent.  A child’s reaction can be influenced by age and his or her own personal relationship with the grandparent.  A grandparent often plays a special role in our child’s life, whether he or she cares for our child regularly or only on…

Reducing Mental Health Stigma

Despite advancements in the general public’s understanding of mental health issues and improved access to mental health services, stigma around mental health remains.  The dictionary defines stigma as a mark of shame or disgrace that discredits or ostracizes an individual.  Stigma often leads to prejudice, or negative judgments or assumptions about a person based on…