How Anxiety Affects Teenagers

How is anxiety different in teenagers than younger children?
What are signs of anxiety in teens?
Why is substance use a problem for anxious teens?
Learn more from the Child Mind Institute here.

Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically

This week we are going to share resources and advice from Child Mind Institute to help families support soon-to-be college students.
The first shares how problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed. Topics include:
– College mental health skills
– Don’t try to “fix” every problem
– Practice mindfulness with your teen
– Help your child establish good self-care
– Work on planning and “coping ahead”
– Develop strategies for self-soothing
Hear how you can communicate, respond and help your teen below!

Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically


Teenagers: Risk-Taking During Reopening

From the Child Mind Institute, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle hosts a discussion between Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Social Worker Kathryn Lige.

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 4:30pm

The panelists outline the adolescent brain’s propensity for risk-taking and impulsivity and how those behaviors converge with the coronavirus, social isolation, and the gradual reopening of society, and how parents can empathize with their children while promoting safety.

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How to Help Kids Learn to Fail

A great article from the Child Mind Institute…”Only through trial and error can children become resilient adults”

How to Help Kids Learn to Fail

Preventing Parent Burnout

Preventing Parent Burnout

  • Make a list of your child’s core strengths
  • Recall fun and funny times
  • Practice simple acts of kindness
  • Smile when they walk in the room
  • Grow your empathy
  • Touch base, literally
  • Frame your frustration as a puzzle to be solved
  • Allow yourself to feel what you feel
  • Notice the bright spots
  • Monitor your reactions to their behavior
  • Connect with others
  • Don’t take your child’s behavior personally

To read the full article from the Child Mind Institute click here

Strategies for a Successful Summer Break

From the Child Mind Institute, here are some tips for managing your kids’ downtime to help make it relaxing for everyone:

– Maintain your schedule
– Make it visual
– Make plans
– Get outdoors
– Maintain or create a behavioral system
– Find support
– Mimic home routines, even when traveling
– Work with your child’s strengths and interests
– Pinpoint your child’s anxieties
– Give the child time to adjust
– Prepare yourself for some tough times

To read the full article with enhanced tips please click here