Posts Tagged "mental health"

8 tips for parents outsourcing responsibilities

Hiring out services that are traditionally assumed by parents is the latest trend happening in today’s modern families. Whether it’s the Uber car that drives your child to their soccer practice for urbanites or the nanny who attends the weekly physical therapy appointment for suburbanites, more and more outsiders are taking the place of parents and being hired to fill in the gaps where parents can’t.

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Lessons from ‘A Mother’s Reckoning’

Seventeen years after the Columbine massacre, Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold’s mother, has written a memoir “A Mother’s Reckoning.” Dylan and his friend and classmate, Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 21 others before killing themselves on April, 20, 1999, during a school shooting at Columbine High School. “A Mother’s Reckoning” is Sue’s attempt to help parents recognize signs that a child is in trouble, signs that she failed to recognize in Dylan.

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Allowing kids to be kids

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Children and teens today are more depressed and anxious than those one and two generations ago. There is a growing body of research, including studies conducted by child development expert Dr. Peter Gray, that indicate that children are suffering from less time for play and more parental control, including being over controlled, over scheduled, and over rescued. 

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Parents should feel empowered to get their child help

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Rates of childhood anxiety and depression have increased during the past 15 years. The reasons for this are complex. Some speculate that societal changes, such as higher divorce rates, over scheduling and emphasis on achievement as opposed to emotional connection, are possible contributors.

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Back-to-School: Parents, Take Care of Yourselves

back to schoolI can tell when the school year has begun by the piles of paper in the center of my kitchen counter that migrate to the edges by mid-week. There are permission forms for pictures, school trips, buses, school lunches, band, student council, event reminder forms, teacher introduction and expectation forms, and demographic forms; one for each child.

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