It appears that bullying has become an epidemic lately. It is not uncommon to turn on the news and hear about another incident in which a child has turned to suicide due to bullying. Although it may seem that this is a new phenomenon, it is not. Figures differ from study to study, from country […]
Watching the Disney PIXAR movie Inside Out, I was reminded of my work with children. They experience the world in such different ways than adults. Children have feelings and emotions that they may not understand and cannot put into words. To them, these feelings have a life of their own, as they may take over […]
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” – Anatole France We Americans adore our pets. We see them as treasured members of the family and treat them accordingly (right, Gizmo and Petey?). We name them after characters in movies, take them on family vacations, and even dress them up on Halloween.
So often lately I have heard adults discussing bullying. What many don’t seem to understand is that although bulling has always been around, it has morphed into something very different from when they were growing up. I have even heard adults make statements such as, “I was bullied as a child, and I survived” or “it […]
“Grief is not a problem we are trying to fix for a child; it is an experience they are living.” –National Alliance for Grieving Children Helping children who experience the loss of a parent, sibling or other significant person in their lives can be challenging. Adults who are present to guide a child through his grief […]
I know so many people who have been diagnosed with ADHD…and I am not talking about clients. I have SEVERAL friends who have ADHD and even a few distant family members. When I think about ADHD, I immediately think of all of my friends who live with it. The ones that come to mind are […]
Do you have children? If so, do they struggle with tasks that involve sustained attention or organizational skills? Do they complete their homework, but then forget to turn it in at school? Does your child get into trouble at school for talking too much, daydreaming or constantly getting out of his/her seat?
“The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.”- Jane Blaustone As a therapist I have observed and worked with many families who have been through separations and divorce. This process is never easy for the adults or the children involved, and can disrupt what was once a “normal” family […]
A child exhibiting aggressive behavior can be experienced by others as being a bad kid. However, this is not the case. Anger is used by children as a way for them to shield themselves from deeper emotional distress. Aggressive behavior can be an outward symptom of depression, guilt, fear, disappointment, jealousy, frustration, anxiety, sadness, or hurt, among other emotions.