I’ve now been a parent for 18 years–WOW, RIGHT? I’ve also been a Pediatric Psychologist for longer than that, working with children ages 2-18 and their parents. I am not sure what has been my greatest learning experience: the thousands of families I have worked with or having to handle my own two children. WhatContinue reading “It’s Not About Me. My New Parenting Mantra.”
My Child Is Being Bullied. What Should I Do? There are more and more stories from children and media about bullying in the schools. Finding out that your child is being bullied is frightening and you may wonder how much to worry and what to do to help your child. Here are some basic tipsContinue reading “On Bullying and Cyberbullying”
Teens who spend a lot of time on the internet are as likely to become depressed and suicidal as teens who use drugs.
Many new parents and grandparents suffer with postpartum OCD in silence, too ashamed to seek help. I wish we could obliterate that shame; I wish we could celebrate the strength it takes to live with mental illness and the scars it leaves. In Japan cracked objects are mended with gold—to enhance the notion that damage brings history and beauty. Or, as Leonard Cohen suggested, cracks let in the light. Amen—to finding light and gold.
I always encourage parents to create Christmas for their own current family and not to allow it to be influenced as much by their childhood Christmases. By all means—keep your family traditions. Those may be wonderful and special. But don’t let these hold you back from making new ones with your spouse and children. For example,Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide For Parents”