There is an old idiom that has been attributed to the 14th-century English poet Chaucer, “Idle hands are the devil’s tools.” The implication is that when there is nothing to do, people will get into trouble. This seems to be particularly true with children and adolescents, yet the reality is that many parents have no […]
Is My Child the Source of My Happiness?
Most parents will say that there is nothing more rewarding in the world than being a parent, although it may depend on which day you ask them. The miracle of watching them grow and develop at every step of the way and become their own person is unlike any other experience. Too often, however, parents […]
What Do I Need to Know Before Medicating My Child?
We live in a world where we are fortunate enough to have modern medicine to help provide our children who have many different medical issues with a quality of life never seen before. Yet, there is still so much more that we don’t know. When your child has behavioral or psychiatric problems, medication may be […]
What Can I Do if My LGBTQIA+ Child Is Bullied at School?
According to StopBullying.gov, “When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.” However, LGBTQIA+ kids are bullied at more than twice the rate of their cisgender peers, or those who identify with the gender assigned at birth. […]
What Should I Look For in My Child’s Treatment Center?
As a parent of a child experiencing mental health distress, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate a treatment center that will fit your child’s needs. Every treatment center has unique benefits to offer and a variety of different treatment therapy options within each center. Even treatment programs that share similar goals will measure success […]