When a family brings home a new infant, it’s easy to marvel at his or her rapid development. Each new milestone seems like an amazing step in a bright, new journey.
As children enter the teen years, they face developmental milestones that are just as vital to their future. However, many of these come with confusing or even disturbing behavior parents are less likely to see as cause for celebration.
It’s crucial to unders...
Instant gratification has never been more prevalent than it is today.
It’s seen everywhere in media and society, but it’s especially noticeable among young people – whose futures could very well depend on nurturing the ability to delay gratification.
The greatest symbol of instant gratification? It may be the smartphone.
Adolescents and young adults spend plenty of time on technology that offers instant gratificatio...
Eight Skills for Handling Any Family Situation
It is hard for us to achieve calmness. This is true because we may experience lifelong agitation as a result of early adverse experiences, because all human beings regularly experience anxiety and also because we have a brain that naturally races. You’re probably aware of the role that anxiety plays in our difficulties with calmness and you may also be aware of the lifelong negative ...
If asked to picture and describe a depressed person, what would you envision?
Someone having trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone who’s calling into work sick because they can’t leave the house? Someone who’s isolated from friends and possibly sleeping 10 or 12 hours a day? Someone who can’t stop crying and who’s feeling hopeless?
Or would you envision a popular, college-educated professional liv...
Top Reasons Teens Give for Using Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana is sending mixed messages to teens across the nation. Is the drug safe or not? As a means to answer their questions, teens often turn to social media or scour the Internet. Unfortunately, many sites may not present the whole story, and leave teens with unreliable and ambiguous information. With material available at lightening speed is it any surprise yo...
Finding the way out of the black pit of despair can sometimes be extremely difficult. It is an experience that leaves the individual exhausted, unmotivated, and in deep, hopeless despair. There seems to be nowhere to turn and no way to escape these horrible feelings. Depressed feelings and depressed experiences vary both in quantity and quality and therefore different for each individual.
Depression is a condi...
People tend to wait for an ideal environment for communication: face-to-face, alone, and with no distractions. Those conditions are ideal, but rare. Most interactions are constrained: in an open-plan office, with family members, on a car or train, with background noise, or amidst distractions, lack of sleep, and preexisting stress. The communication channel may limit tone of voice and facial expression: email / text / IM /phone / h...
10 guidelines for having fun with technology and minimizing the risks.
One of the questions most commonly asked by parents is, “What is the 'right' age for my child to begin texting and using social media?”
As with most aspects of child-rearing, there isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline. It’s best for parents to know about how to prepare kids to use technology—at whatever age they de...
You can tell yourself all you want that even the best of us makes the occasional mistake now and then, but when you’re the one who makes the mistake, it can be difficult to believe.
Consider, for example, the fact that many of the top box office and Oscar-winning movies contain bloopers. In fact, the IMDB website regularly includes a list of “goofs” in such acclaimed movies as Chicago, and there is an entire website d...