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Improving Children’s Friendships During the Preschool Years

Negotiating peer relationships is a significant development during a preschooler’s life. For some children, these skills come easily and require little intervention. For others, it takes a little more support and education from the adults in their lives. Seemingly simple concepts, such as having more than one friend at a time, may need to be directly stated. For all children, learning about empathy is essential. It not only engenders positive,… Continue Reading

Adjustment to College: Coping with Common Concerns

Long before they leave for college, students imagine the experiences that lie ahead of them. Many are eager for freedom, but others dread the thought of leaving home. Some find that their initial enthusiasm dissipates when their experiences fall short of their expectations. Regardless of their expectations, most students encounter unanticipated challenges. Living, working, and socializing in the same setting can pose a variety of challenges. Students who have never… Continue Reading

Introversion, Shyness and Social Anxiety: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Children who are introverts may feel out of place in today’s society, where assertive behavior and constant collaboration are valued above quiet contemplation. Being perceived as shy or reserved can have a harmful impact on a child’s social and emotional development, as such a temperament may be at odds with the demands of their classroom environment. Whether among peers or adults, shy children may be overlooked when in the presence… Continue Reading

An Overview of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents: Part Three

How School Staff Can Help Teenagers with Social Anxiety Disorder Recently, we discussed how parents can help their children cope with anxiety and fear, and effective treatment options for social anxiety disorder. In our final installment, we will explore the ways middle and high school administrators, educators, and other staff members can support adolescent students with social anxiety disorder. How School Staff Can Help Adolescents in middle and high schools… Continue Reading

Transitioning to College: Tips for Parents

Parents are often filled with mixed emotions when their children leave for college. They are excited about the new experiences their children will have, relieved to finally have more “me” time, sad that their babies are growing up and moving away from home, and nervous about how their children will fare on their own. As children transition to a new stage in their lives, so do the parents who see… Continue Reading

An Overview of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents: Part Two

How Parents Can Help Teenagers with Social Anxiety Disorder In our recent post on social anxiety disorder in adolescents, we provided an overview of symptoms and research-based treatment options. This week, we will focus on the ways parents can support socially anxious teenagers. How Parents Can Help Parenting a teenager with social anxiety presents a particular challenge, as teens, unlike younger children, may face additional struggles in establishing independence and… Continue Reading

An Overview of Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents: Part One

Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents Adolescence is a time of transitions and challenges for many individuals, and can be especially difficult for teenagers with social anxiety disorder. This surprisingly common condition impacts one in every eight youths between the ages of nine and seventeen, according to a report on mental health from the US Surgeon General. Fortunately, knowing how to spot common symptoms of social anxiety disorder in teens improves… Continue Reading

Transitioning to College: Academic Responsibilities in High School vs. College

Going off to college is an exciting milestone in a young adult’s life. It represents a significant step in the transition between adolescence and adulthood. Students are often thrilled about their new found independence, however, with independence comes responsibility. Many students are unprepared for the initiative and diligence required of them to become successful college students. In high school, parents and teachers often closely monitor students’ progress, assisting them in… Continue Reading

Easing Back to School Anxiety

During the final weeks of summer, many children begin to feel anxious about going back to school. They may talk openly with their parents about how they feel, or they may complain of sleeplessness, headaches, or tummy aches. One simple, but effective, strategy for helping your child manage his or her anxiety about school is to create a list of the specific sources of worry.

The Stress of Overscheduling and the Importance of Sleep

The demands of school, athletics, and our children’s desire to do the activities they love create an all too common pattern that leaves parents and children equally exhausted and stressed out. More often than not, the importance of sleep is overlooked during the busy day-to-day schedule of most families. Children require a lot of sleep! However, the typical day of a 7th grader may begin at 6:30am for a full… Continue Reading