Dealing with Your Child’s Feelings

How Children Express Themselves and What You Can Do

By Jaclyn Shlisky, Psy.D.

Mr. Rogers once said:


“Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.”

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The Family System and its Newest Member: Technology

By Stephanie Burstein, MS, LMFT

Technology can drive families crazy!  An avalanche of devices, apps and information is overwhelming. How do you decide what is best for your family? Instead of looking at the ‘problem of technology’, we must create a framework within the family that includes technology as a helpful tool for communication, entertainment and education.

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Is It Just Picky Eating? Understanding ARFID

What Exactly is  Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

By Jestine Argueza, RDN, LDN

Maybe you’ve always known your child was a “picky eater”. But now the list of foods he will eat without a struggle will fit on a small post-it note. His “picky eating” is taking a toll and interfering with family meals, not to mention your concerns about his nutritional needs.

Turns out, it really is a thing and there’s a name for it.  Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or ARFID, is an eating disorder diagnosis, newly and aptly named in 2013.  However, it’s quite different from other forms of eating disorders.

So, what IS it?

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A Smarty Pants Guide to Education

By: Clara Bossie, BA S.Ed, MS. LMFT-S, CEDS

There is an unbound pressure on parents, students and educators to “fit the mold” and “be the best” at the cost of draining joy and wonder from the learning process. Disruptions from the COVID Pandemic gave parents a first-hand look at the strengths and weaknesses of both traditional and homeschool environments. As families struggle to imagine how their child’s education will take shape in the fall, knowing your options is critical. How can you skillfully be involved in the process AND maintain your sanity?

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Working from home

Young woman working from home looking at computer screenIf you find yourself working from home, you may have mixed feelings about it. You’re probably grateful to have a job that allows you to continue to work remotely, but may have some anxieties about how to manage work life with home life. During this time, one thing we know for sure is the importance of staying both physically and mentally healthy. Here are a few tips to make working from home more effective:

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Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

These are just some of the symptoms you may notice in your loved ones, if you are concerned that someone you know may have an eating disorder, NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) is a great resource for support on how to talk to someone suffering from an eating disorder and help with how to find treatment. Over concern or fixation with body and weight Distorted body image Rapid weight loss or weight gain Constant dieting …

Navigating Breastfeeding and Eating Disorders: Support for Expectant & New Moms

Does breastfeeding generally help or impede recovery for people with eating disorders? The degree to which it helps or impedes recovery is dependent on many factors, including their use of symptoms, weight stability, and overall emotional health, both pre-pregnancy and postpartum. One study found that the severity of eating disordered symptoms postpartum was worse than pre-pregnancy for 57% of bulimic patients (Morgan, Lacey, & Segwick, 1999). Eating disordered behaviors tend to spike during times of …

Love and Honor This Body

As an activist in the Body Positive movement, I have the privilege of helping people break free from our culture’s obsession with body talk and its continuous trends of weight loss, body sculpting, and beautification designed for one reason only: to make people rich.

Taming the Wanting Mind

The wanting mind. The craving mind. The desiring mind. Call it what you will- we all have one and it can get the best of us while we are trying tirelessly to satisfy it. All wisdom texts tell us that we cannot quench or satisfy the craving for sense pleasures. Despite it being part of our human nature to orient toward pleasure and avoid pain, if left untamed, it can be highly destructive to you, …