“My precious,” coos Gollum from the Lord of the Rings, clutching his prized possession, the One Ring to Rule Them All. His obsession to possess the ring drives him slowly to madness. I often wonder, as a clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents struggling with digital addiction, if the fantasy saga wasn’t in fact a cautionary tale about smartphones and the other ubiquitous, all-knowing gadgets that rule our lives, impinging on our children’s cognitive development, impacting our social relationships, and giving us all a literal pain in the neck. “My 11-year old son has been throwing tantrums and talking back, he is always irritable and seems depressed,” said Kathleen, an accomplished professional and mom who seemed at her wit’s end. We had gone through all the usual background information about her son, such as medical history, psychosocial development, interpersonal relationships, etc., and nothing had stood out. I asked Kathleen if anything had changed in her son’s environment recently. “Not really,” she said after thinking for a while....Read More
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs. But how do people prepare for parenthood? How do people learn to parent their children responsibly? These are important questions and there certainly isn’t one correct answer. However, taking time to reflect on your parenting skills and develop new parenting strategies could be beneficial.
Everybody will occasionally (or frequently) feel frustrated and angry with their kids. It’s important to remember, however, that in these moments your parenting skills are being put to the test!
If you have questions or concerns about parenting strategies you may find it helpful to consult one of our psychologists to identify new strategies for raising your child.
For more information and parenting tips, consider reading these resources:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Parenting Self-Help Resources
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Adventures in parenting publication
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Positive parenting tips
- Parenthood.com: 10 talents of parenting
- Child Development Institute: How to raise successful teens
- National Institute of Mental Health: Stay updated on child and adolescent mental health issues
Children are faced with decisions and learning opportunities every day during every stage of life. One of the best things we can do is to nurture these opportunities and encourage them to solve problems on their own.Read More
For situations where restricting a child’s screen time is a little more difficult, such as on long car trips or in airports, NPR has an article that highlights seven examples of apps that can help kids learn.Read More
Parenting is known to be such an incredibly important job yet often so elusive in many of its responsibilities, with duties continually shifting and the needs so individually based. Using gardening as a metaphor, several ideas for positive family flourishing are presented for consideration.Read More
In one study, researchers found that LGB young adults ages 21-25 who reported that their families were highly rejecting of their sexuality during their teenage years were roughly eight times more likely to report having attempted suicide…Read More
An article and video on The Huffington Post’s website both promote the importance of teaching children to be respectful.Read More