January 15th, 2022
It’s hard to believe we’re over two years into a pandemic with no end in sight. For parents, the cumulative toll of the social isolation and disruption has been particularly heavy. One parent’s recent description on social media struck me. “Standing on the corner of burned-out parenting and exhausted working,” the parent wrote. “It’s soul […]
March 30th, 2020
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 […]
March 13th, 2020
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 […]
March 15th, 2017
As a pediatric psychologist I know that families’ journeys can be fraught with unexpected challenges. Discovering that your child has differences can be daunting. And sometimes, making sure that your child’s needs are properly met by the outside world can be even more stressful. One aspect I am especially passionate about as a psychologist is […]
November 23rd, 2015
What a tantruming child needs is an adult who can first help them find calmness in the body, and then later offer teaching moments. Toddlers—all human beings, really—cannot take in new information when they are in an active tantrum state.
March 20th, 2015
I am very grateful to the Kids in the House Organization for the opportunity to support parents and caregivers through their extensive videotape library. Here I share four things parents can do to build resilience in yourself and your child. It’s often difficult to prioritize self-care when the world is spinning so quickly and your schedule […]
February 23rd, 2015
This post explores a new way of viewing attention seeking behaviors.
February 2nd, 2015
Recently, while waiting in a school office for a meeting to begin, I noticed a little boy at an empty desk, staring out a window. A secretary was busy working as staff came and went, and as I waited, I wondered why this little boy was there. On my way out he was still there, […]