1. Is your teen locked behind a mask of COVID-19 indifference? Five tips to help you get behind the mask.

    We are all moving from one coping strategy to another as we settle into the long grind of dealing with the implications of COVID-19. One minute we’re laughing at dark humor, the next we’re crying, or snapping at our spouse. Our teens are doing the same thing, but they’re teens, so we may not recognize their process. Instead of watching hours on end of news coverage about the virus, they may …Read More

  2. Are Video Games Addictive?

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: My 15-year-old son loves playing video games. It feels like that’s all he ever wants to do and although we sometimes joke that he’s “addicted,” I do worry that he spends too much time in games and not in real life. Can you really be addicted to video games? Are there specific signs I should look for?  A: Ac…Read More

  3. School Pressure: Gift & Talented, Magnet, and IB Programs

    Question: My child is considering applying to a magnet program for middle school. It seems like a great opportunity if he is accepted, but are there any negative consequences for children in these advanced schools? Answer: Gifted & Talented, Magnet, and IB Programs are often dream schools for hardworking students looking to pursue a more rigorous course of study. While these programs can be en…Read More

  4. College Student Living at Home for the Summer

    Q: I’m a college student living at home for the summer, and I’m starting to get annoyed with my parents. Even though I lived independently on campus, they’re enforcing rules that I had to follow as a high schooler. I understand that they want to keep me safe; so they limit my ability to hang out with friends at night or don’t let me have girls over but it feels like I’m losing the freedo…Read More

  5. Playdate Gone Wrong

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: Last week my daughter and I had the worst playdate ever! She’s two and a half and an only child. She likes other children but sometime she can get anxious or shy around them and sometimes she has trouble sharing. Probably all very normal for kids this age. We’re trying to help her by scheduling more play dates. …Read More

  6. Having a safe halloween with food allergies

    Q: Our son has food allergies, peanuts, dairy, and gluten. It’s bad and it’s a pain, but we manage. We cook a lot at home and we know which treats he can eat. I send him to school and friends’ houses with his own cupcake when there’s a party; but Halloween is tough. He loves the costuming but he can’t eat much of what he gets. It’s a bummer. Sometimes people get offended when he’s pi…Read More

  7. Stopping Tantrums By Nipping Them in the Bud

    Originally published in the Lakelands Leader in our advice column the Laudable Life Q: I love my daughter so much, but she's a tough cookie. It's very common during a play date, or when we're have company over, or when she's with me and we're out shopping together, for her to have a full on meltdown.  It's so stressful and embarrassing.  The worst times have been when it happens in front of my i…Read More

  8. What’s Dad’s Role in the Era of the #MeToo Movement?

    Q: I’m overwhelmed by all of the stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the news lately. It seems to be everywhere. As a father, how can I protect my girls?   A: The best thing you can do for your daughters is to set an example of how they should be treated. Here are a few suggestions from our staff: Gail Groboski, LCSW-C says, “Show them what healthy relationship are so they carry those l…Read More

  9. Is a DBT Group Right for My Daughter?

    Originally Published in the Lakelands Leader in our Laudable life advice column Q:  I have a teenage daughter with significant emotional issues. Her friendships at school can be so short-lived I have a hard time keeping track of who's in and who's out from week to week.  Our relationship is quite volatile as well; there's a lot of storming upstairs and slamming doors or sobbing at the drop of a …Read More