If you are raising a young child you’ve likely found yourself repeating the same direction ten times before your child finally complies. This can be frustrating to parents, but the following four strategies can help children become more cooperative.
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This blog is written by the clinicians at Jonah Green and Associates, a mental health practice based in Kensington, MD that provides quality services for children, teens, families, and adults. It is intended as a resource for families who are seeking to expand their knowledge about mental health and mental health services, and also as a resource for families who are seeking quality mental health services, especially in the mid-Atlantic region. Please feel free to post questions and comments on any of the entries as well as on any topics or articles from our companion web site www.childandfamilymentalhealth.com.
As teenagers become more independent, they often spend more time away from home, and when they are home they are often behind closed doors or focused on other things. It might also feel like your child is less interested in talking to you, but there are plenty of things you can do to maintain a strong positive relationship and stay connected with your teenager. Hint: It’s the little moments, not the big occasions, which can really count.
Video games are often used in excess, which may result in parent-child conflict. Parental concerns are not without merits. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has produced guidelines on screen and media usage, along with negative associations on development. Alternatively, some studies have shown positive associations with video game use. Arguing about the merits of video game use, however, places the focus on the video game itself rather than the important teachable moments that are made available.
Child and Family Mental Health is proud to present a beautiful guest post written by the local social worker, play therapist, and professor Ms. Sheri Mitschelen, LCSW, RPT/S, on instilling gratitude in children as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Please see the bottom of this post for more information about Sheri.
With Thanksgiving approaching this month it’s a time to spend with family and think about the things we are thankful and grateful for.
A 2012 study published in the industry journal Personality and Individual Differences found. and that gratitude was one of the biggest predictors of life satisfaction, no matter what demographic.
A sense of gratitude is an essential ingredient in a happy life, but it does not come naturally to children…
One of my fondest memories growing up was family dinners. Every night we sat down and ate dinner together – all six of us. No matter if any of us had the best or worst day at school or work, we would stop to share food together. It wasn’t simply eating dinner together that was remarkable, it was what my parents did with this opportunity of having us all together. They created a positive and nurturing environment while modeling priceless life skills: love, social skills, and healthy eating habits. Although there were many times I wished our family was one of the “cool” families that ate dinner in front of the TV, now as an adult and parent I recognize the importance of having family meals. Don’t get me wrong, our family dinners were far from perfect. Sometimes they were disasters, but they did provide important messages.