1. Back to School Angst

    Q: I currently have three adolescents at home who have been cooped up for months. They’ve been fighting more than usual because they’ve been on top of each other ALL THE TIME! Oddly my eldest, who is leaving for college very soon, has been particularly difficult lately. This is out of character for her, since she’s usually the peacemaker. Any advice?  A: Actually, what you’re describing i…Read More

  2. Reentry Into Society

    Adapting to life during a pandemic has been difficult for everyone, our community included. Yet for many, the Governor's July 1st order lifting the state of emergency, and with it all mask mandates and social distancing restrictions, has felt abrupt, and to some, even premature. Some of us are still very much in “bunker down” mode, while others of us are getting back to life largely as it was …Read More

  3. COVID under 12-years-old

    Q: School is ending, half our kids are now vaccinated!  Woot woot!! We are so grateful to see what we hope is the forever end of zoom school and kids being kids again. That said, we have children under 12 who aren’t vaccinated yet and I’m torn. Everyone wants to get back to normal and I get it. I know the risk is low for them, but it still makes me nervous the idea of having them play with ot…Read More

  4. Summer Vacation during COVID

    Q: Normally around this time of year, our family starts planning our summer vacation. Of course the kids haven’t been vaccinated yet (and may not until the fall) and I’m worried it’s not safe. The whole thing has the family split on what to do, I say skip it this year, but my husband and the kids are advocating for making plans. I don’t want everyone mad at me, but I’m not sure I can ben…Read More

  5. Navigating Back to School Backlash

    Q: Schools are beginning to reopen and I’m thrilled for my kids. A bunch of my friends on Facebook have very opposite feelings. I feel like I can’t speak freely.  The topic feels unavoidable. Everyone is talking about it and I don’t want to ruffle feathers.    A: These are interesting and challenging times indeed! Whether it be school, face masks, or politics, we are faced with responding…Read More

  6. Valentine’s Day COVID Edition

    A: My partner and I are struggling to find time alone together. We have two teens who never leave the house. No overnights at their friend’s houses, no parties past curfew, no 9 weeks of summer camp in the Catskills. Meanwhile we can’t go to the movies or restaurants. Valentines’ s Day? Yeah, right; lol.  We’ve been around each other 24/7 since the pandemic began and we are starting to gr…Read More

  7. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

    Q: Every year I like to challenge myself with a New Year’s resolution. This year I’ve decided to tackle some long-standing emotional issues that continue to bother me. I’ve been in therapy a few times before, more than I’d really like to count, dealing with unfortunate things that happened in my childhood. It’s been helpful, somewhat, but it never feels fully resolved. I definitely don…Read More

  8. Middle Schooler’s Struggle with COVID

    Q: My daughter is struggling. The new Zoom structure at LPMS is a huge adjustment. She’s moody, cranky, crying all the time. She was sensitive before but now she’s beside herself. She’s lethargic, has nightmares, worries excessively. She frets about my leaving the house, afraid I’m going to get Covid. She freaks out about tracking her assignments online. I just don’t know what to do to s…Read More

  9. Role Play Groups

    Q: Our son had a hard time making solid friendships in elementary school. We were hopeful this year’s change to middle school, and all the new kids that would involve, would result in a fresh opportunity at developing his posse.  Unfortunately with Covid and 100% virtual schooling, all of those plans have been scuttled. We feel so bad for him, any advice for us? A: Making new friends in a virtu…Read More

  10. Co-Parenting

    Q: My ex drives me crazy. He looks for ways to disrupt my life and make things difficult for me. We have a custody arrangement but he constantly breaks rules and tries to renegotiate agreement details. It’s expensive to have my attorney involved at $400 an hour. Now he’s trying to change upcoming holidays. Honestly I’m exhausted by it. A: Unfortunately even with the best custody orders, ofte…Read More