Category: For Parents

Revisiting 2020

2020 continues to spark some serious divisiveness. From politics to the pandemic, many are ecstatic to celebrate a new year and hope for brighter times ahead. There is no longer a sense that normal is boring. But, despite the challenges from this year – there are also moments we can cherish. For me it is […]

When The Outside Does Not Match The Inside

I am the parent of a suicide survivor. Even typing these words brings on a whirlwind of emotions. I remember the day my son attempted to take his life and the shock and sadness I felt that somehow I had completely failed him. How did I not see that he was hurting so badly, that […]

A Parent’s Handbook on Childhood and Teen Depression

Somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of our children and teens will suffer from at least one depressive episode before they reach adulthood. These episodes come in many forms—ranging from the child who doesn’t want to go to school to the teen who is constantly in a rage to the withdrawn child who barely speaks. […]

Change Is In The Air

Autumn has arrived. Where I live, you can see the leaves change color and feel the bittersweet chill in the air. My school community is focused on Octoberfest and all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice, apples, Halloween costumes, and candy. The schools are buzzing with fall sports – especially football and homecoming plans are being […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

September often marks a big transition–the end of summer, the start of a new school year and shorter daylight hours. While some people look forward to all things pumpkin spiced and sweatshirt weather returning, others approach this change with genuine concern. Unfortunately, this year, coupled with the continued social distancing, we anticipate it being difficult […]