Why Kids Hit and What to Do About it

Why Do Kids Hit? Hitting like all behavior is a message–a communication that the child cannot put into words so they put it into action. Whether it’s an unusual occurrence or a frequent one, at all ages, there is an important message. The parent’s job of course is for the child and person being hit…

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Parenting Issues as a Result of Long-Haul COVID-19

Have you been feeling lately like your kids need you more than ever? Are they asking when you and they will get all their vaccinations? Do they question when they’ll go to school all the time and not take quarantines at home anymore? Are they frustrated with online learning? Do they miss their friends –…

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Creating a Low Stress Environment for Kids

Children feel stress due to internal causes and external causes. Both need to be taken into account to ensure that their environment minimizes their state of mental or emotional strain or tension that results from adverse or very demanding situations and circumstances. Internal Causes Some children have an anxious temperament. Thus even modest changes and…

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Children Observe Parents Carefully for Signposts About Our World

Children take the business of growing up seriously these days. Faced with the restrictions of COVID resulting in limited social contacts, they may often feel unheard and alone. They hear about vaccinations coming, but they’re hardly first on the list. Neither are their parents. And their grandparents keep waiting for more vaccines to arrive at…

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Signs or Symptoms Disguised as Anxiety

What are some specific signs/symptoms people might confuse for anxiety but are not symptoms of a disorder? These can be anything from normal feelings of worry, to signs of other mental health conditions that may be confused for anxiety symptoms. Anxiety is an emotional and biological condition that is mimicked by other symptoms such as…

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Reducing Election Anxiety in American Families

During turbulent times, a national election stirs anxiety due to intense preoccupation about the health and welfare of all the people in our nation—adults and children. To allay this anxiety in adults taking active steps to participate in the election reduces a sense of helplessness held by individuals facing the spiraling of COVID 19 and…

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King Lear, the Narcissist

“King Lear” was remarkably performed Saturday night, Oct. 17 by talented equity actors. Shown on YouTube and Showtime it was a successful effort by unusually expressive actors who brought the play alive in an outstanding moving, dramatic portrayal of Shakespeare’s finest roles. Actors from all over the United States came together using Zoom to present…

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The Idea of Goodness

Goodness is a quality that is hard to define yet is especially important during this time when the welfare of all of us is at stake. It’s a time when we need to aim at knowledge of our situation and in the quest of developing a clear conceptualization of possibilities and options that can lead…

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How to Help Others with Anxiety and Worry

Helping a Friend with Social Anxiety A friend who confides in you that she has social anxiety is indeed a good friend because she trusts you with her worries. Reassuring her that you will be with her on social occasions when that’s appropriate and possible would be a great support. Also, asking her what worries…

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