3 Strategies to Improve Communication with Your Kids

3 Strategies to Improve Communication with Your Kids

As a parent of two small kids and a psychotherapist, who works with families and their children, I try to always be learning parenting  strategies and effective ways to communicate with kids of different ages. I’ve recently started focusing on...

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Decoding the Adolescent Brain: Interview with Dr. Jess Shatkin, author of “Born to be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Keep Them Safe”

Decoding the Adolescent Brain: Interview with Dr. Jess Shatkin, author of “Born to be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Keep Them Safe”

I am reading the newly published book, “Born to be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Keep Them Safe” by Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine Jess Shatkin, MD. He was kind enough to agree...

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13 Reasons Why Parents Should Pay Close Attention to Their Teen’s (Social) Life: Lessons from Netflix Original Series “13 Reasons Why”

13 Reasons Why Parents Should Pay Close Attention to Their Teen’s (Social) Life: Lessons from Netflix Original Series “13 Reasons Why”

Number 1. Adolescence is marked by the invincibility syndrome. Number 2. Relationships with peers become more important than relationships with parents and family. Number 3. Sexuality and dating… Number 4. Risk taking behaviors are...

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When is the right time to bring your child to a specialist

When is the right time to bring your child to a specialist

As parents, we want to think that we know best what is good for our children and how to help them when they are struggling.Yet, we are only human and we are not expected to know everything and be 100% comfortable handling all child-rearing...

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Overcoming children’s fears: How to make the most of Halloween to support your kids’ emotional and psychological development

Overcoming children’s fears: How to make the most of Halloween to support your kids’ emotional and psychological development

Every year on Halloween, children and adults alike gather together to celebrate the day before the ghosts of the dead return to Earth. Although the tradition of Halloween as we see it today has dramatically shifted from the original Celtic...

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Guest Post: Back-to-School: Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Routines That Will Stick

Guest Post: Back-to-School: Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Routines That Will Stick

Back-to-school means early morning wake-up calls and a mad rush to get everyone ready and out the door in time. Too often, this means a quick but less-than-healthy breakfast, or worse, no breakfast at all. From getting enough rest to waking up in...

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4 Essential Steps All Parents Need to Know About Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 

4 Essential Steps All Parents Need to Know About Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy 

Wondering if psychoanalytic psychotherapy is right for your child? It can be nerve-wracking to bring your child to a therapist, let alone a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. To help you make an informed decision about what kind of therapy you need...

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