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…

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New Habits for a New Year

The beginning of a new year is often a time when people take stock of their day-to-day lives and decide to make changes. However, they often find that their desire to do things differently doesn’t easily translate into actual long-lasting changes. If you are hoping to create some healthier habits in the new year, here…

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…

Helping Kids “Stretch” Their Brains

Imagine that you are on your way to the airport for a much-needed vacation. Although you arrive early, you are informed upon your arrival that your flight has been cancelled and that you have been moved to a different flight.  In the morning rush you did not see the email notifying you of the change,…

Mental Toughness: Do You Have What It Takes?

Why do some people fail to reach their potential, while others go on to achieve greatness?  How do people persist when faced with tremendous obstacles and challenges?  What makes it possible to center our focus, rebound from failure, and handle enormous pressure?  In the field of sport psychology many professionals have attempted to answer these…