Tag: Children and Teens

Families Impacted by Schizophrenia

Two guests join us. The first is Chrisa Hickey, who is the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia and started an online site for parents of children who have a severe mental illness. The other guest, interviewed by co-host Gabe Howard, is Janel Star Withers, mother of host Rachel Star Withers. Janel shares her […]

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Low Stakes Ways for Kids to Practice Emotional Regulation Before Going Back to School

For kids who struggle with emotional self-regulation, school can be especially challenging. They may have a hard time sitting still and staying focused, or not losing their cool when they can’t quite grasp new material, or dealing with conflicts with classmates. Luckily, summer break offers plenty of opportunities for kids to hone their self-regulation skills. […]

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Podcast: Children’s Treatment for Mental Health Issues

Today’s guest is Okpara Rice, CEO of Tanager Place, a mental health facility for children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Unlike adults, children are not in control of their own environment, and anything that affects a child will affect their families, and vice versa.  So, what is the best way to help these kids?  Join us […]

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How My Weight Gain Contributed to My Son’s Disordered Eating

He begged me to lose weight. Of course, it was difficult to do so, instead of me dropping pounds, he began to limit his food intake until he had lost weight. He went from 115 to 107. This doesn’t sound like much but on his 5’2″ frame, it seemed like a huge amount. I could […]

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How Teens and Young Adults with ADHD Can Thrive

Friedman was convinced that because of these differences, she wouldn’t be able to succeed. She feared she’d “never be good enough, smart enough, quick witted enough to be successful in school” and beyond. “It is hard to get used to the idea that my ADHD won’t be going away and I have to actively manage […]

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Suicide Rates Are Rising, But Nobody Really Knows Why

So why this significant rise in the suicide rate? Thoughts of suicide are usually a serious, often un-diagnosed symptom of clinical depression. For some, these thoughts turn into devising a plan and even making an attempt. People who die by suicide are usually suffering from depression and aren’t getting adequate — or in some cases, […]

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Practice Doesn’t Have to Make Perfect: Emotional Regulation Is a Lifelong Journey

Too often, we treat our children—and ourselves—like robots that will be able to solve all of life’s problems as soon as they download the right software. This chase for perfection is futile and counterproductive. When it comes to emotional regulation, the most we can ask for from our children is that they take each challenging […]

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Teens & Privacy: Everything Online or in an App Can Last Forever

Kyle Kashuv Doesn’t Go to Harvard University Kyle Kashuv, like many teens at 16, engaged in a conversation with his friends in a Google Doc where he typed racist words in order to get a rise out of his friends. This sort of exchange is meant to see who can one-up the next friend by […]

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Cyberbullying: The Psychological Effects on Teens

Here a few things to consider about cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is easier to commit than traditional acts of bullying because the perpetrator doesn’t have to confront the victim in person. It can also be perpetrated anonymously, so victims often don’t know who is targeting them. Perpetrators get to operate outside the view of adults making it […]

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Honoring Stepdads on Father’s Day

Just as with any family structure, there are tremendous differences in how blended families operate. Sadly, there are some families in which the Stepfather remains at a distance from his wife’s children by a prior partnership or marriage either because of his own issues or because the mother won’t allow it. In such families, both […]

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The Best Ways to Effectively Manage Your Time as a Parent

According to professional organizer and time management coach Julie Morgenstern, it makes sense that parents feel these conflicting pulls. Because no one really acknowledges a critical fact, she said: “the years we’re raising our kids happen to be the prime of our own development.” In other words, she noted, as we’re raising our kids, we’re […]

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