What Does the Latest Research Say About Disciplining Kids?
If you are a parent, you know that kids don’t come with a handbook. And while there are books out there on ways to discipline your kids, sometimes those books are based more on opinion than fact. Discipline can mean different things to different people. In this blog, I will talk about the most common forms of discipline used in the United States, as well as what the current research says about the effectiveness and impact of each type of discipline.
Physical Discipline: You may have heard of the old saying “spare the rod, spoil the child.” This was a common expression a couple generations ago that basically states the belief that spanking or hitting your child would improve their behavior, and that NOT spanking them would actually spoil them. However, decades of research demonstrates otherwise. (more…)
Parents Of Children With Eating Disorders: What You Can Do To Prepare
After recently processing and working through the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” with many of my clients, we are set to open up a another mental health can of worms with the new Netflix movie “To the Bone”. Set to be released July 14th, this drama highlights the struggles and life of Ellen, a young woman battling with Anorexia Nervosa. Played by actress Lily Collins, Ellen experiences the psychological, physical, and emotional turmoil of having an eating disorder and the difficult task of working towards recovery. After multiple hospitalizations and treatment centers she enters a residential group home led by an eccentric doctor played by Keanu Reeves. (more…)
Trauma and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) in Young Children
Trauma in children can be a number of things. Trauma can be medical trauma, such as undergoing numerous medical procedures. Trauma can be surviving a car crash. Trauma can be experiencing neglect, bullying, and abuse. Trauma occurs to about 40% of children in the United States. That’s a lot. And chances are, the percentage is even higher.
Does it seem like you can’t get your child to do anything you ask?
Do you feel like all you do is yell, and yet no one hears you?
Does it seem like you have tried everything, but nothing seems to work?
Issues with parenting usually come up when parents are faced with a child that exhibits behavioral difficulties. Sometimes parents find that what worked for one child, doesn’t seem to work for the other! Parents often tell me that they feel at a loss and are not sure how to best parent their child.