Technology and Family Life: Finding the right balance

family-gadgets_1398308cYour Family and Technology: With the rampant use of technology  between parents and children, Dr. Kate helps families find the balance     between tech usage and family time.  Dr. Kate’s technology management program and technology detox  programs help families realign priorities and kick their unmanageable tech habits for good!

Kids today rely  more than ever on technology for entertainment and parents see both the positive and negative impact of technology on their children. In her technology management program, Dr. Kate provides      practical tips for how parents can structure their technology usage so that it remains positive.  Dr.Kate’s tech management program helps  families at risk for   technology addiction stop before true addiction develops.

She helps families understand Internet Gaming Disorders;  The APA recently included Internet Gaming Disorder in the DSM-5 publication.      Dr. Kate helps parents understand and recognize the presence of this  disorder in their children and she provides treatment to address the      problems now.

 

10 ways to help children develop resilience

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Parenting, Savvy Parenting | 0 comments

10 ways to help children develop resilience

 

 

Parents often ask me, “How can I help my child to become more resilient?” Given that life is full of obstacles and challenges, teaching children to be resilient is important. Emotional resilience is the ability to bounce back after an unexpected setback.  (more…)

8 guidelines for managing screen use this summer

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Family Time, Technology | 0 comments

8 guidelines for managing screen use this summer

 

Parents should be concerned about the amount of time their kids spend using screens, especially during the summer months when kids look for easy entertainment to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies have found 8- to 18-year-olds are using technology significantly more than the two hours per day recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. (more…)

9 reasons to celebrate fathers

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Family Time, Parenting | 0 comments

9 reasons to celebrate fathers

 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano.

Fathers can be excellent role models for their children, and a father’s behavior can shape a child’s behavior from birth onward. Early modeling of their parents shapes a child’s view of the world and themselves in relation to it. And, therefore, a father’s ability to be a positive role model is essential to child’s internal sense of safety. (more…)

7 ways to survive the promposal rush

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Savvy Parenting | 0 comments

7 ways to survive the promposal rush

 

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In 2002 when Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez, the web overflowed with descriptions of the event.

“It’s just a blanket, a quilt of rose petals, all over the whole entire house,” Lopez recalled. “So many candles, and vases, bouquets. And my song ‘Glad’ was playing … I walk in and I was just like overwhelmed. I wasn’t expecting it, and I was just like ‘Oh my God.’” (more…)

5 tips for crossing the end-of-the-school-year finish line

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

5 tips for crossing the end-of-the-school-year finish line

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Spring brings the best of times and the worst of times. It’s by far the busiest sports season and with graduations, proms, college acceptances, end-of-school-year deadlines and summer vacation planning, the days are filled to the brim.  (more…)

Lessons from ‘A Mother’s Reckoning’

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

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.  (more…)

Parents should feel empowered to get their child help

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

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. (more…)

Know when to push and when not to push your child

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

Know when to push and when not to push your child

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I work with many adults in my practice who struggle to follow through on the positive goals they set for themselves. These are goals like exercise, keeping a healthy diet, and making their needs a priority — all self-improvement goals. My clients are responsible adults as well as committed parents who are better at caring for others than for themselves.  (more…)

7 ways to keep calm and carry on while marching into spring

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Parenting | 0 comments

7 ways to keep calm and carry on while marching into spring

 

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As February vacation comes to an end, students will enter what, for many, can be the most trying part of the school year. Beginning now until the end of the school year, academic expectations ramp up exponentially. (more…)

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