5 Simple (Really!) Yoga Poses That Help Fight Anxiety

Regular yoga practice can help us stay calm, grounded, and relaxed in our daily lives, as well as give us strength and focus when facing stressful events. Even when we don’t have time to implement a full yoga practice, just a few minutes in a carefully chosen yoga pose can be incredibly helpful during moments of anxiety. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed panicked, try one of these to… Continue Reading

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Parental Depression & Educational Outcomes for Children

Depression is a common mental disorder that can inflict pain and hardship across the lifespan. When a parent experiences depression, they are faced with an additional set of challenges. Notably, parenting is a full-time job that operates on a 24-hour schedule. For a healthy parent, it is common to feel exhausted and drained by the end of a busy day. For those struggling with depression, their mood, energy level, interest… Continue Reading

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Parents with Mathemaphobia and Their Kids

Mathemaphobia, or math anxiety, is a common lifelong impairment. Research indicates that 10 to 20 percent of adults report math anxiety. Long after they finish their last mast test ever, many individuals with math anxiety are still haunted by tasks like how to split a restaurant bill or which toilet paper is cheaper to buy. Math anxiety can be contagious between parent and child. According to a study in Psychological… Continue Reading

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The Protective Role of Feeling Supported in Motherhood

While we often discuss and explore the impact that parents – mothers in particular – can have on their children’s well-being, we may be prone to overlook the emotional impact that raising children can have on mothers. In a 2015 article in Developmental Psychology, “Who Mothers Mommy? Factors That Contribute to Mothers’ Well-Being, the authors, Suniya Luthar and Lucia Ciciolla investigated two central factors likely to impact mothers: 1) parenting… Continue Reading

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Could your child or loved one be struggling with an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that are more common than we once believed. Newer studies point to rates of 5.2% among girls ages 12-20 for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. When researchers included nonspecific eating disorder symptoms, that number rose to 13.2% (Stice et al., 2010). It is thought that approximately 20 million females and 10 million males in the US alone will have a clinically… Continue Reading

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What Pets Can Do for Your Health

Most households in the United States have at least one pet. If you took a survey of pet owners, many would say their pet is a member of the family. Pets often bring joy, love, and light into a home. In addition, research has illustrated that pets can result in many benefits for our physical and mental health. The Center for Disease Control reported that having a pet can help… Continue Reading

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Weather Anxiety: From Mother to Meteorologist?

After a relatively smooth adjustment to her new school, my then 4-year-old daughter started asking for the weather forecast each morning and voicing worries that there was going to be a thunderstorm during her school day. She had never expressed concerns about the weather in the past nor had she witnessed any severe weather events. Her teachers also reported that she seemed nervous during the day when the skies were… Continue Reading

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Parenting Child Anxiety

For a multitude of reasons, childhood anxiety is being diagnosed at increasingly higher rates over the past several decades. While factors such as genetics, social media, or societal pressures may play a causal role, research has also consistently demonstrated the powerful mediating influence that parents can have on their child’s emotional functioning. As parenting anxious children carries its own particular set of challenges, without an instruction manual, the most loving… Continue Reading

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Yelling-Free Parenting

Every parent has yelled at their kid. Most parents know they should stop yelling, but still believe yelling is the only way to get their kids to listen. But when we yell, it teaches our kids not to listen to us until we yell. It trains our kids to yell back at us. And for most parents, after the screaming match is finally over, you are left with a big… Continue Reading

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Talking to Your Child About Cancer

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, talking about it with a child can feel like an overwhelming and frightening task. Often, and understandably, parents are more concerned about the impact the illness and treatment will have on their children than on themselves.   Children are astute observers of their environment and will sense that something is wrong even if no one speaks with them about it directly. Secrets can… Continue Reading