emotions in treatment

The Value of Identifying Difficult Emotions in Treatment

When kids are in treatment for challenging issues, like addiction, depression, or other problematic behaviors, they might have experienced difficult emotions with no known outlet. Kids often have underlying problems driving troubling behaviors. They might have trauma or an underlying mental health issue. They could be bullied at school and deal with low self-esteem. The […]

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How to Step Back and Let Kids Make Mistakes

Parents might have a difficult time letting go and allowing their kids to make mistakes. We want to shield our kids from feeling frustrated or disappointed. Above all, we want to protect them from feeling any pain. We might step in, almost instinctively, to prevent our kids from making any mistakes on their own. At […]

medications

What You Need to Do When Your Child Stops Medications

When kids are under the care of a psychiatrist for a mental health concern, they might be taking medications to regulate their moods or minimize their anxiety. Medications like antidepressants and mood stabilizers can have side effects to consider before using them to help kids. When our kids take medicines that appear helpful, we might […]

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Helping Yourself First Will Make You Better for Others

As parents, we like to feel that our kids come first. Our needs are less important, and, to be good parents, we need to sacrifice our needs for our kids. Our lives—and our wellness can be put on hold as we raise our kids. We are second, and our kids are first—always. However, if we […]

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The Value of Praise for the Little Things

Raising kids through challenging behaviors can be tough. Kids with addiction, mental health concerns, or problematic behaviors often have underlying struggles at the root of their problems. Troubling or disruptive behaviors can mask trauma, depression, anxiety, and other issues. When kids behave in ways that deviate so much from our expectations, we might start to […]