The current COVID-19 pandemic has us on an unprecedented journey through difficult conditions filled with challenge and anxiety. As we all do our best and pray for solutions to be identified and available, we have a common human trait to strengthen us along the way: re...

May 4, 2020

It’s incredibly common for kids to have anxiety: in fact, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions for kids! Anxiety presents in a lot of different ways: It can look like worrying, panic, trouble sleeping, and even anger. Anxiety can be quiet: you...

April 13, 2020

It’s time to focus on empowerment and hope. In today’s climate of fear and uncertainty about COVID-19, there is a major component missing in the narrative being circulated. In our race to gather supplies, socially distance ourselves and wash hands and surfaces more pru...

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 is constantly making the news everywhere we look. And we’ve all heard the advice from the CDC. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, don’t touch your face, avoid contact with people who are sick. The list goes on. But what about our mental health?

With schools closin...

January 6, 2020

Parents often have mixed feelings when their child is diagnosed with a mental health condition. On one hand, it can be a relief that your child will be getting help. On the other hand, there’s a lot of stigma about mental health conditions – and people, especially kids...

July 25, 2019

Adult coloring books have been a fad in the psychological community for a few years. At first, I wasn’t sure if I bought the idea behind the fad—that coloring books help reduce anxiety and even anger. The idea seemed a little ridiculous to me: as an adult, why would I...

May 22, 2019

Part 3: Tips for Fostering Honesty

I started this blog in response to a parent saying to me, “My child is lying, and I don’t know what to do.”  By discussing the developmental appropriateness of lying (see part 1), the parents were able to understand their child’s lies...

May 15, 2019

Part 2: Six Types of Lies & What to Do

So, you’ve caught your child lying. Maybe it was about homework, or maybe it was about who spilled the juice. Regardless, it can be a worrisome revelation. In last week’s blog, the developmental stages of lying were discussed to he...

May 8, 2019

It was with wide eyes and discernible worry that a client’s mom told me of her child’s newest behavior: lying.

Parents are often concerned when their child lies, asking, “Is this normal?” With the development of a child’s brain comes the ability to lie. Thus, children c...