Summer is often a time that some kids and teenagers find relief from stress. Young people who find school challenging – either because of social stuff or academic work – often describe summer being a relief. Less is expected of them. They can give themselves permission to expect less of themselves. But summer for theRead more about Where’s the manual for parenting adult children?[…]
I read with sadness but not surprise this article about suicide on college campuses. A big question the article talks about is when and if parents should be informed if their age 18+ kid is struggling. I’ve written before about the rise in anxiety and depression in teens and the general public. The news onRead more about What Information Should Families Have If Their College-Age Kid is Depressed?[…]
I haven’t seen the new reboot of Roseanne but grew up on the original series (along with so many other shows… I was permanently indented into my family’s couch for a few years there.) It’s been interesting to follow different reviews of the new version, including critiques of its social or political messaging and diversity asRead more about TV Families and What They Have to Do With Us[…]
The New York Times Magazine cover story this past week was about teens and anxiety. Yay! And it’s not that I’m a sicko who takes pleasure from other people’s suffering. Rather, it’s nice to see attention focused on what’s been obvious in my office: that many teens — delightful, smart, precocious, thoughtful teens — areRead more about Teens and the Anxiety Epidemic[…]
I have a love/hate relationship with the internet, but I’m all love for the world wide web when I see articles that aim to help adults talk to children about important issues like racism and violence. Unfortunately, this is a conversation that parents of color are used to having with their children. It’s time forRead more about 8 Tips for Talking with White Kids about Racism, Violence, and Charlottesville[…]
These last few weeks, I’ve seen kid and teen clients’ stress skyrocket as a result of mandatory statewide testing. It reminds me of my own days as a student in DeKalb County schools taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills way back in the 1980s. You may have a similar memory of using #2 pencils toRead more about Testing, Testing – Tips for Parents[…]
Last week, my email dinged with a message from a magazine writer asking for an interview. Hurrah! I thought. I love talking about therapy! But then I read closely. The writer wanted my expert tips on how parents should design their children’s rooms for optimal development, including the “right” kinds of toys. I felt my heart slowly sink back to it’sRead more about Why You Won’t See Me Quoted In A Magazine Next Month[…]
My mom warned me before she sent me this article called “Should I Make My Daughter Clean Her Room?” As a kid in my family, I was the messy sort and drove my parents crazy. “And you turned out just fine,” my mom says now. Thanks, mom.