By now, most people are aware that the pandemic caused a massive spike in mental health problems, including that of children. But even before the pandemic, many kids experienced anxiety. It’s one of the most common issues that child therapists see. Anxiety can have many causes. And it can be difficult at times to narrow… Continue reading Kids and Anxiety – One Common, Yet Surprising Cause
Is it ever ok to be less than perfect as a parent? When parents focus on perfection they are likely avoiding the feelings driving this need. They can also be subconsciously passing this expectation on to their child.
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?
I can’t tell you how many times a day I hear this statement from my own child. It’s definitely challenging for me to think about how to give her the amount of play she is requesting, and obviously guilt provoking when I play with other people’s children all day, but don’t have time to play with… Continue reading Play! Please Play With Me!!! Why Your Child Needs Play and What to Do About It