1. Homework Woes!

    Q: My child spends so much time on homework and has so little to show for it. He seems to take forever to get rolling with it, gets derailed with anything and everything, whines and complains about doing it, and sometimes even when he does his homework thoroughly and well, he might not turn it in. What the heck?! A: You may be surprised at how common what you’re describing can be. Your child mig…Read More

  2. What are Executive Functions?

    What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are a core collection of higher order mental skills that help us to learn, work, manage our lives, and interact with others. They include: Inhibiting responses Working memory Emotional control Sustaining attention Beginning tasks Planning and prioritizing Organizing Time management Setting and working towards goals Flexibly shifting between tasks M…Read More

  3. Dancing for me or for everyone else?

    Q: I’ve been considering quitting dance and I’m worried that my parents will be upset with me if I go through with it. I’ve been dancing since elementary school and I’m currently on a travel team. On top of that, I’m one of the co-captains of my school dance team. Lately, I’ve been losing interest in dancing. I’m only sticking to it to avoid upsetting those around me, especially sinc…Read More

  4. Grief During The Holidays

    Q: The holiday season has always been a grand affair at my house with family reunion meals, festive decorations, and endless eggnog. My family always took it very seriously, especially my dad who dressed up as Santa and partied the hardest. Unfortunately, my father passed away in February with COVID. Now, I’m dreading the holiday season and my house feels so heavy. I can’t even bring myself to…Read More

  5. Growing Up Too Fast

    Q: I’ve noticed my 14-year-old daughter is choosing clothing that, in my eyes, are meant to be worn by older women like crop tops, short shorts, tight fitting shirts and everything in between! When I express my concern she accuses me of not wanting her to be proud of her body. Her friends dress like this too. As Halloween approaches, I’m already concerned about the costumes she’s considering…Read More

  6. Kindergarten and Covid Concerns

    Q: School is starting soon and I’m really worried for my 5-year-old daughter. I’m just not comfortable sending her, unvaccinated, to a new school. Let’s be real, we know kindergarteners are not going to keep their masks on. But she’s bored at home. I know she needs more than a weekly playdate pod. She missed her preschool friends from the “before times.” School feels like a germ factor…Read More

  7. 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

  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. What’s the difference between DBT Programs and DBT Informed Therapy?

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is Dr. Marsha Linehan’s adaptation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with the primary goal of providing individuals with relevant coping skills for their daily lives. With radical self-acceptance at the core of DBT work, all-or-nothing thinking patterns are discouraged. Instead a middle path of thinking patterns, behaviors, and approaches to life is fostere…Read More