For those of us who are caregivers for kids, it has been a significant issue as to how much screen time is healthy. Screen time can be addicting. Social media often creates difficult messaging that can leave students in significant crisis. Other messaging can also have major influence in the lives of our children and […]
Special Rules for Teenagers?
Many of us enjoy eating at Chick-fil-A restaurants. I’ve always appreciated the environment and the service-oriented staff that clearly are trained to be courteous to their clients. I think this is evident when we see vehicles backed up at a neighborhood Chick-fil-A during meal times to get their food and their service. I found it […]
Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder?
One of the common issues among teens is their struggle with food and eating. This can be extremely frustrating for parents and caregivers to watch a child fluctuate in their food intake, weight loss or gain and the intensity of this type of disorder. It is helpful to know what symptoms to look for when […]
Helping Your Teen Deal with Anxiety
One of the by-products of COVID-19 has been a significant increase in anxiety in our children and teenagers. In fact it has also had impact to adults and to those who teach and work with children and teens. With Lakeside providing counseling and education to 4,000 teens per year we are witnessing a significant rise […]
The Neuroscientific Link Between Parents and Children
Research is very clear that childhood adversity has a significant effect on the mental health of adults. Caring for children early in life should be one of our most important priorities as parents and educators. Of course, the primary caregivers of children at early ages are parents. It is logical that healthy parents will create […]
Is Your Child Being Bullied?
Bullying is one of the most difficult experiences children can face at their school or in social gatherings. It is more than difficult for parents and caregivers to assess how serious the bullying situation is and how that may affect their child. Yet we hear of so many bullying stories that create fear and insecurity […]
Helping Your Anxious Child
As you may well know, many of our children are experiencing significant anxiety in school which is showing up in our homes. It can be disconcerting to be with an anxious child. It is hard for parents to sense that and then have clarity as to what to do to help them. When we add […]
How Do Parents Avoid Passing Anxiety to their Kids
When we provide training to schools through our Neurologic training one of the issues that we focus on is co-regulation. We acknowledge that many students are anxious and dysregulated but we often ignore the fact that teachers are also dysregulated and struggling to cope with the stress of the classroom. But what about parents? They […]
Media Guidelines for Kids
Our kids are literally assaulted with all kinds of messages from the media, particularly if they have computers or their own cell phone. For some of our kids it can reach a level that is very concerning as to how it might be impacting them. It has this addicting sense that is scary for parents […]
Mental Health Days for Kids
Often I hear adults in their job situations talking about or taking a mental health day. Usually this is because of their allostatic load of stress, a crisis or some other adversity that they are struggling to cope with. This break is intuitive and can be helpful. As we deal with students who are experiencing […]
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