Safety

How To Help Kids Deal With Bullying

Bullying continues to be a major factor in schools and child environments.  While policy makers, schools, and parents have increased efforts to prevent bullying and respond quickly, the increase in technology and the ever present power dynamics and hierarchies that…

Raising Girls

In our last post, we discussed the differences that male identified children have as compared to female identified children.  We reviewed some of the structural brain changes, as well as some of the societal and cultural norms and expectations that…

What Happens When A Child Hears ‘No’

Nothing changes a happy parenting scene as quickly as a child in the throes of a meltdown.  Often the trigger for that public display of emotion?  When the child hears “no” or is prevented access from something they want.  Yet…

Parenting In The Era of Screen Time

You may have heard some of the alarming news related to research that links screen time and media usage with anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.  This analysis was done as a part of a larger, longitudinal study that…

How To React When Someone Comes Out

Coming out – the process of revealing your sexual or gender identity to others around you – can be terrifying.  Yet in an effort to live authentically, congruently, and freely, it is necessary to divulge certain very personal pieces of…

Talking To Teenagers

Parents often feel that they’ve entered a new planet, or at least a foreign country, when their sweet innocent children become teenagers. Adolescence is a developmental period where identity, responsibility, maturity, and hormones can bring about changes, heightened emotions, and…

Treatment Guidelines for Transgender Individuals

Historically, the mental health and medical communities have not always had the best understanding of transgender and gender diverse health care and mental health needs – nor the best intentions in caring for those who are not cis-gender.  Thankfully, research,…

Coping With The Holidays

In this time of year, much is made of the excitement for the holidays.  However, there are many reasons why the holiday season may be difficult, and we are here to offer extra support if you need. Holidays are often…

Thrill Seekers, Fright Finders – The Science of Being Scared

Happy Halloween!  This is the time of the year not just for candy and pumpkin patches, but also for horror movie marathons, haunted houses, and seeking out the scary.  Psychologically speaking, the typical response to a frightening or alarming stimuli…

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