It’s been almost two months since we started to quarantine due to COVID 19, and we, as adults, are pretty spent. Our children – especially younger ones – continue to be baffled by what is happening. Their little lives have been changed dramatically, and this change took place rather quickly. Many of us adults didn’t think this would last this long and that we would return to ‘life as usual’ sooner than later. However, that’s not the case and you may be noticing that your toddlers and young children are sad, angry or becoming increasingly anxious.
If you’re raising a child with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), you and your child are likely to encounter numerous challenges. Licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist, Dr. Liz Matheis offers advice on how to cope with three common issues parents with ADHD kids face: (1) Considerations on to medicate or not to medicate […]
Sadly, over time we have become more uncomfortable with setting limits and being consistent with our daily routines or general rules. Parenting is a difficult job – the most difficult and demanding job I have ever had. Our children need us to be the parent, even when it’s uncomfortable and ugly.
I don’t know about you, but each morning I wake up and aim for a balanced day. A day of balance between being a mom first, and a psychologist/professional second. I have aspirations of staying calm, planning ahead, and staying on top of the schedule and demands of my children and private practice.
A new school year brings promise. In an effort to nurture the enthusiasm, I have a few strategies to help your children get through homework quickly, and hopefully, painlessly for you!
When it comes to parenting, we may think that “more is more,” but what I’m finding is that when we are verbose in our directions and daily expressions, we may actually be overwhelming our children. Sounds crazy, right? How could words, which are invisible, be overwhelming? I think it’s time to go back to the basics of “less is more” and use our own behaviors and non-verbal gestures to communicate with our children on a more genuine and simple level.
In that minute when you first became a mom, your time was no longer your own. As women, many of us are socialized to be the nurturers and the caretakers, so you may have found that your time was compromised to take care of the needs of others even before your children arrived into your world.
In my last article, “Anxious Parents: Are We Raising Anxious Children?” I reviewed taking a look at ourselves as parents and asking the question – are we anxious? If so, are we passing that anxiety down in our everyday parenting? Preparing that article forced me to self-reflect and take a look at the language […]