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Depression – Why is this something parents should be thinking about and talking about with their children and teens?

  I know that I sound like a cliché broadcast reporter when I say that things have not been easy this past year.  Broadly speaking, generically connecting to all people, it’s easy to simply say this.  But, for some people, for some families, saying it has not been easy is a gross misrepresentation.  It’s difficult for our society to… Continue reading Depression – Why is this something parents should be thinking about and talking about with their children and teens?

Why Am I Having So Many Power Struggles with My Child Right Now?

If your family is anything like mine, you have seen an increase in power struggles with your kids.  These struggles seem to go on all day long about everything.  Please brush your teeth… “no.”  Please eat your lunch… “not gonna happen.”  Please play all day in your p.j’s while eating chocolate and ice cream… “I don’t want to.”  Wait, what?  Are… Continue reading Why Am I Having So Many Power Struggles with My Child Right Now?

My child has experienced something awful in their young life – how do I know if it is affecting them?

People tell me all of the time that their young child or baby doesn’t remember … their painful medical interventions, a car accident, the death or loss of a loved one, the verbal or physical fighting between parents/caregivers or witnessed violence.  Even though it makes the conversation uncomfortable, I always have to tell them that their… Continue reading My child has experienced something awful in their young life – how do I know if it is affecting them?

How Young Children are Responding to Stay-At-Home Directives and Why

Right now we are all stuck in our homes.  Families are stuck together, at the mercy of each and every high and low.  We face tremendous grief, loss, and trauma – all of us.  And, one of the hardest parts of this is the adult desire to control what their children are experiencing.  I have heard things such as… Continue reading How Young Children are Responding to Stay-At-Home Directives and Why