Tag Archive: #MentalHealthMatters

As parents, we love and worry about our children from the moment they’re born. As they grow into adolescence, their academic and social lives become more complicated and competitive. There is so much to worry about—grades, driving, drugs and alcohol, dating and sex, friendships, social media and gaining admittance to a college which will hopefully provide them with opportunities for employment and lifelong success. We often have less time than... View Article

Dec 7 2018

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the concept of sitting down to a family dinner every night can seem quaint – but I assure you, the meaning behind it is as relevant as ever. Rituals still matter. And, they matter even more to children. Rituals make us feel like we belong to something or someone. They offer a sense of stability and comfort. They help us navigate through... View Article

Oct 22 2018

Opioids have been used for hundreds of years to treat pain, cough and diarrhea, but recently they’ve become the center of a frightening crisis. Why and how are these drugs being misused and how can we keep our kids and teens safe? What are opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as prescription pain medicines like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. Kids may... View Article

Sep 13 2018

Childhood is a time of great physical and emotional development. Adverse experiences that occur during this time can significantly impact the child’s life well into adulthood. Exactly what are the connection and long-term consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences on overall health and well-being? A study in 19981 analyzed the relationship of childhood abuse and dysfunction in the home to many of the leading causes of death in adults. More than... View Article

Aug 22 2018

Parents sometimes wonder if their children’s behaviors are normal, or at what point they should be concerned that new behaviors reflect a problem with the child’s mood. When a previously happy-go-lucky child becomes more subdued, is it evidence that they’re maturing, or the first indication of a problem? What about a child who’s typically serious and responsible gradually becoming more uncooperative or argumentative? Is this normal teenage behavior, or a... View Article

Jul 27 2018

It’s often said that parenting is one of the hardest, but most rewarding, jobs there is. No two children are the same and caring for the household and meeting each child’s unique needs is a balancing act. When a child has special needs – or even an issue that at times demands more time and attention – this balance often becomes even more delicate. Children with more involved needs, whether... View Article

Jan 26 2018