The Value of Halloween for Children

What is the value of Halloween for children? Some things are spooky. Some are scary. Even so, some are fun and silly. There is candy to beg for, maybe some tricks, too. There is dress-up and imagination. There is nighttime and darkness to consider. There is [...]

By |2022-10-21T20:16:43+00:00October 20th, 2022|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Value of Halloween for Children

Parental Burnout

What is burnout in general? Most people have experienced burnout at some time in their lives. When we hear someone say they feel burned out, we can resonate with feelings of being swamped, exhausted, drained, or having difficulty keeping up with life tasks. Yet not everyone [...]

By |2022-08-24T20:58:15+00:00August 24th, 2022|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Parental Burnout

Psychological Implications For Children From Wearing Masks

I realize there has been controversy in wearing masks for health reasons. The purpose of this article is to focus only on the psychological implications. What are the psychological impacts of wearing masks? After wearing masks so long in response to COVID, I became aware [...]

By |2022-03-04T17:51:34+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Children|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Psychological Implications For Children From Wearing Masks

Wait ‘til Your Father Gets Home!

In the past, “Wait ‘til your father gets home!” was a threat to a misbehaving child. The child was supposed to worry about facing serious punishment when the father returned from work. This adage is no longer effective for a variety of reasons. Threats do [...]

By |2021-06-11T23:26:25+00:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wait ‘til Your Father Gets Home!

Life is Resuming…Back-to-School

Now that life is resuming, you may experience a realm of emotions about going out. As much as you may feeling like leaving your home, simultaneously you may experience ambivalence, apprehension, insecurity. Your children may feel elated about returning to school but they also may be [...]

By |2021-04-30T17:38:54+00:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Life is Resuming…Back-to-School

Children and Screen Time – How Much Is Too Much?

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, parents are trying to figure out how much screen time children should be using while at home. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, children 8-12 years old average almost 6 hours of screen time a day and [...]

THE LIFELONG IMPACT OF PARENTING

The most important messages we can convey as parents are promoting a sense of security and the feeling of unconditional love. Positive parenting provides a buffer against adversity. It teaches us how to respectfully give and receive care and compassion. It models trust, fairness, consistency and [...]

USING PLAY THERAPY WITH TEENS

On Friday May 20, I attended the 2016 Southern California Regional Play Therapy Conference held in Rancho Cucamonga and sponsored by the California Association for Play Therapy. Holly Willard, LCSW, RPT-S, presented a workshop entitled:  Not Just Child’s Play: Using Play therapy with Teens. The concept [...]

By |2020-06-25T13:42:53+00:00June 26th, 2016|Categories: Children, Relationship, Teens|Tags: , , |0 Comments

PROPRIOCEPTION: OUR PERSONAL SPACE

As a member of the Desert Sands Student Advisory Program (SAP), I attended a meeting Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Betty Ford Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage. One of the topics discussed concerned proprioception, which refers to our personal physical space. It is readily [...]