Childhood Anxiety: How to Know when It’s Time for Help
We all have moments when we worry: “How am I going to get everything done?”; “What if I said the wrong thing?”; “Did I turn off the stove?” the list can go on and on. So how do we know when what you or a family member is experiencing is within the typical range of anxious behavior or when it has exceeded that? While there is no “one size fits all” answer to that question, there are a number of things to help you evaluate whether additional help is warranted. So how common is anxiety? According to the National Institute… Continue Reading
Supporting Friendships: Building Social Skills
Making friends is an important life skill. Studies have shown that our happiness as adults is best predicted by the breadth and depth of our relationships with others. Building friendships begins early, as children learn how to become social members of the family, classroom, and community. Through these connections with others, children give and receive emotional support, learn conflict resolution and problem-solving skills, play cooperatively, and develop empathy. These pro-social behaviors lay the foundation for all future relationships. And it starts early. Infants begin social relationships with parents and caregivers through loving, responsive care. Toddlers explore peer-to-peer and peer-adult interactions… Continue Reading
Little Girls Can Be Mean!
Helping Your Daughter Navigate Girl World If you have a daughter, it’s a good bet that at one time or another she has come home in tears due to social problems. She may have been the target of exclusion or taunting, perhaps initiated by her former best friend, or pushed out of a circle of friends she has known since preschool. Perhaps she wasn’t invited to a party everyone is talking about. She doesn’t understand why she isn’t “popular.” Chances are you are seeing these problems emerging in elementary school—particularly in the second and third grades—and intensifying toward the onset… Continue Reading
PAMP interviews Parents Place about tantrums
“Ask the Expert” Question and Answer: Article for PAMP 08-12 Question: Our 3-year-old just started preschool this week. His teachers tell us that he’s doing great and he really seems to like it… but when he’s home with us, it’s a nuclear melt down a couple times a day! Clearly this is a really hard transition for him, I don’t want to indulge his tantrums, but I also want to be sensitive and emotionally supportive. What can we do? Answer: Starting preschool is a very exciting and important milestone for any 3 –year-old. It is very common for the first… Continue Reading
For Parents of Children who Suffer from Anxiety….
The start of the school year may strike fear and panic in their heart. Back to school rituals like shopping for school supplies or for new school clothes illicit scenes of tantrums and tears. While you are focusing on helping your child calm their fears and adjust to the year ahead, it is also important to focus on your own self-care. Easier said than done you say. No question about it! However, while it takes some effort the following suggestions will help ease the transition not only for your child but for you as well: 1) Prepare in advance:… Continue Reading