Bullying: Not Just a Schoolyard Problem

Bullying is a big problem, and just about everybody knows it. But while most of the attention is focused on bullying among young people, it’s important to realize that the problem is also prevalent in the adult workplace. In 2014, the Workplace Bullying Institute conducted a workplace bullying survey, and 27 percent of those surveyed […]

Understanding and Dealing with Your Child’s Temper Tantrums

As a parent, few things are more unsettling than dealing with your child’s temper tantrum. From whining and crying to kicking and screaming, this upheaval of emotions is chaotic at best. Although this can be an ordinary rite of passage from the toddler years to a time when a child’s language and reasoning skills mature, […]

Holidays with the Family: Be Realistic About Your Expectations

Holidays and families don’t always go hand in hand, and that’s often because most of us have unrealistic expectations. Let’s face it. Even if Ozzie and Harriet did seem like the ideal family, it was more Hollywood than reality. Truth is, your real-life family tree might look more like the Addams Family than the Nelsons—especially […]

Bullying: What Your Kids Need to Know

Most parents are exposed to a wealth of information about bullying, from how to help the victim to how to raise a child who refrains from bullying behavior. While this is certainly helpful, it’s unfortunate that children are almost never the target of these messages. If you want your child to know more about bullying, […]

Midlife Crisis – Is it real? How do you cope?

We’re all familiar with the clichés: Joe from next door shows up in a convertible with higher payments than his mortgage; Carol quits a successful law career to become a yoga instructor in Bali. We look at each other and nod, mouthing the words: midlife crisis. But all jokes aside, midlife crises are very real, […]

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Helping Children Cope with Nightmares Nightmares are a common occurrence for adults, but they tend to be an even greater issue for young children. Nearly half of all children ages 3 to 6 will experience frequent nightmares at some point. And while nightmares can be extremely unsettling for adults, they at least have the emotional […]

Moving On Up

Help your child navigate the early days of middle school and high school by providing emotional support Transitions can be emotionally challenging at any stage of life. But few are as daunting or overwhelming as starting middle school or high school. This is not only a period of tremendous change, but it typically takes place […]

Beating the Holiday Blues

Although the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and good cheer, that’s not always the case. In fact, studies show that approximately 25 percent of the population suffers from some degree of depression during the holidays. After all, it’s the season of unrealistic expectations, stress and fatigue, combined with the increased demands […]

Coping with Grief during the Holidays

Although young people and adults generally follow the same approach to coping with grief, the intensity of their grief may vary. Disbelief and shock will likely be followed by crying, then anger, and later—a period of helpless dependence. Finally, after a period of grieving, a person accepts the loss. The best thing a friend or […]

Kids Who Hate School: 6 Strategies for Middle and High School

School refusal generally decreases dramatically as children grow older. Although kids can still feel socially rejected throughout adolescence, the sheer size of most middle and high schools lends itself to kids finding a buddy or two. Also, many academic problems have been worked out by then — either through direct remediation, compensation or inclusion in […]