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 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 [...]


June 20, 2016 : I attended a presentation on Marijuana: Myths and Management at the Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, CA. The presenter, Jan Copeland, Ph.D. from South Wales, Australia, related a variety of statistics, including that in the United States marijuana, is used more [...]


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

It Happens to Boys

What Makes Boys Afraid to Tell About Sexual Abuse? 1. Boys are under the assumption that they should be able to protect themselves. If someone takes advantage of them they feel it is their own fault, they should have been stronger. 2. Boys feel they won’t be believed. [...]

By |2020-06-26T17:33:45+00:00December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Children, Teens|Tags: , |0 Comments

Children’s Program of the Betty Ford Center

Monday October 19, 2015 I attended a luncheon at the Children’s Program of the Betty Ford Center to commemorate significant milestones reached this year along with new developments. Helene Photias, Manager of the Children’s Program, was a gracious host at this event. Jerry Moe, National Director [...]

What is Pediatric Bipolar Disorder?

What is Pediatric Bipolar Disorder? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder is explained in the following way: Bipolar mood changes are called "mood episodes." Your child may have manic episodes, depressive episodes, or "mixed" episodes. A mixed episode has both manic [...]

By |2020-06-25T14:12:36+00:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Bipolar Disorder, Children, Teens|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Portrait of a Child with Bipolar Disorder

Some parents question whether their child might have Bipolar Disorder. He has moments of being affectionate, then suddenly he transformed to being mean-spirited. Portrait of a Child with Bipolar Disorder Parents brought their ten-year-old son Charlie for therapy. They described his sleepless nights, endless energy, and [...]

By |2020-06-26T17:49:01+00:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Bipolar Disorder, Children, Teens|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What To Be When You Grow Up

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it. William Arthur Ward What would you like to be when you grow up? A Fire Chief? Teacher? Carpenter? Soldier? Web designer? Pilot? President??? Selecting a career path [...]

By |2020-06-26T18:17:04+00:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Anxiety, Teens|Tags: , , |0 Comments


Take the risk to learn about the magic that’s in your heart. Believe in yourself and become aware that you can do what you really want to do. Cereta Perry, PhD 1988 Sometimes we feel consumed by inner thoughts that question our abilities. We feel blocked [...]

By |2020-06-25T14:24:46+00:00September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Teens|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments