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Home Together: How to Use This Unique Opportunity to Strengthen Children’s Resilience

Few of us ever imagined a situation as pervasive and scary as the Coronavirus pandemic, but I have hope that we can turn this crisis into a unique opportunity for our children and for us to build the special kind of resilience that comes from facing adversity. Crises like this one give our innate emotional […]

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Easing the Emotional Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The enormity of the Coronavirus pandemic is beginning to take hold.  As we make day-to-day decisions — whether to attend religious services, whether to send children to school, whether we should opt to work from home for now — we’re all struggling with the anxiety of the unknown. Every aspect of life is affected, from […]

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Lessons From a Six-Year-Old in a Squad Car

The scene on the video is heartbreaking. An adorable six-year-old girl walks away from her elementary school—escorted not by her teacher or a parent, but by a sheriff’s deputy. “Am I going to jail?” the girl asks. “No,” the officer replies, “you’re not going to jail.” Seconds later, the girl slides into the back seat […]

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School Refusal and the Power of Social Engagement

Eight-year-old Charlise struggled to get through nearly every day of third grade. She refused to go to school so often that her mother had to physically escort her into the car, and then into the classroom each day. All week, she complained of stomach aches brought on by anxiety. But at home on the weekend, […]

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Child Discipline: Time to Shift the Lens

The Monitor on Psychology’s October 2019 article, “Teaming Up to Change Child Discipline” described how parenting advice such as “spare the rod and spoil the child” is now debunked and outdated. This is an important shift, considering that 60% of children aged 3-4 in the US are spanked by their parents. In regards to the […]

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How Teachers Can Take A More Compassionate Approach to Behaviors

Jalene’s teachers were at a loss about how to deal with the fourth grader’s habit of dashing wildly through the halls of her public school. Her IEP team made an effort, devising a behavior plan that called for teachers to reprimand her for the behavior, remove her from the classroom, or even force her to […]

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Do Time-Outs Work? It’s Time to Reframe the Question

Are time-outs an effective strategy for parents to cope with children’s challenging behaviors? Before I studied early childhood development, I occasionally used time-outs with my own children because they were touted as an effective and appropriate discipline technique. Decades later, a debate is raging about whether or not this is true. A recent Time article tried […]

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Are Baby-Soothing Gizmos a Good Parenting Choice?

Years ago, as a sleep-deprived mother of a colicky baby, I once felt so desperate after trying every imaginable way to soothe my crying infant that I finally placed her in her car seat atop the washing machine, holding her in place with one hand as the washer rumbled below. After a few minutes of […]

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Top-Down and Bottom-Up Behaviors: Understanding the Critical Difference

Did you know that there are (at least) 2 different kinds of behaviors? Most people don’t. I didn’t, even after years of college, training, and earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Most graduate programs in mental health, education, social work, and medicine don’t yet consider this dichotomy important enough to teach or train about. But […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 hours ago
Thank you The Playroom Lubbock: Therapy Solutions for Kids ❣️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.14 hours ago
Calling all picture-book fans! Ezra Fields-Meyer's new website EzraReads.com is already a hit, and he's adding new books daily. New today: "The Cat in the Hat," "Ferdinand," "Corduroy," and more. Enjoy, and share with kids (and their parents). Such an incredible gift for all, and a perfect time to tune in for Story Time! Thanks @Ezra Fields-Meyer!!
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.18 hours ago
This is a perfect post for our times, Janet Lansbury. We are all scared, but our children benefit when we "calm ourselves first, fully accept the feelings, we are open to exploring the fears with genuine curiosity, we offer reassurance by providing age-appropriate facts."
Parents, please know you are not alone, there's a collective spirit around the world encircling us. Be well. ❣️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
Few of us ever imagined a situation as pervasive and scary as the Coronavirus pandemic, but I have hope that we can turn this crisis into a unique opportunity for our children and for us to build the special kind of resilience that comes from facing adversity. Wishing all parents strength❣️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
A colleague from Italy sent this to me from a play session, beautifully illustrating how play helps toddlers and children manage their feelings. If you are able, it's a great time to play with children, it will show you what's on their mind. #Playheals #Playsoothes #Beyondbehaviors
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
Please expect more tantrums and meltdowns during this pandemic. We can view them as a measure of the stress children are picking up from the situation. I hope this helps to know what to do to support. Take care ❣️#Beyondbehaviors #Resilience

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