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How Affirmations Can Support Your Child's Learning

Children’s mental health and well-being are tied to their achievement in school. For elementary and middle school students, the classroom can be an overwhelming environment that may cause social pressure and performance anxiety. (US News)

Preparing Your Kids' Mind To Focus On Happiness

The world isn’t always filled with sunshine and rainbows these days — even for kids. In fact, children are exposed to many challenges and difficult moments even from a young age. When this happens, it can be hard for kids to truly feel happy or see the world in a positive light. (

Understanding Online Negativity

Our groups and social identities are key to understanding, and ultimately solving, the problems of the attention economy and online ecosystem. (Psychology Today)

Adolescence and Mental Health

Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can raise questions of independence and identity; as adolescents cultivate their sense of self, they may face difficult choices about academics, friendshipsexualitygender identity, drugs, and alcohol. (Psychology Today)

A Psychologist's Tips for Helping Kids Cope with Troubling World Events

From hate crimes to the horrors of the residential school system, heavy topics can be hard to reckon with for anyone. But as one St. John’s psychologist explains, that task can be particularly troubling for younger generations. (CBC)

Understanding and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

There is no single cause of child maltreatment and it can come from any type of family, of all incomes, and of all religions. Along with many other consequences, child abuse and neglect can result in physical and psychological harm. A physically abused child may develop aggressive behaviors that lead to recurring maltreatment.

Facts About Trafficking of Women and Girls

“Human trafficking is a global and domestic human rights issue that is characterized by economic exploitation through force, fraud and coercion.” Human trafficking can be to anybody of any age, however, young girls and women are the majority of individuals who are trafficked.

Why the benefits of annual anxiety and depression screenings for kids and teens outweigh the risks

“Too many children and teens are experiencing mental health concerns. This has been going on for many years and the COVID-19 pandemic has simply escalated the problem,” said clinical psychologist Lori Pbert, PhD. Therefore, the USPSTF is recommending that children 8 to 18 should have regular anxiety screenings.

A Hidden Pandemic of COVID-19

It is no surprise that losing a parent, loved one, or caregiver can be traumatic and understanding grief can be difficult for any age but specifically, children. This has been magnified through COVID-19. A child may have a wide range of reactions to the loss of a parent or loved one; grief is a difficult journey.

Effects of Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness on Children and Youth

Our nation’s economic status has tremendously affected the lives of millions of Americans. “U.S. Census data reveals that from 2009 to 2010, the total number of children under age 18 living in poverty increased to 16.4 million from 15.5 million.” On that account there has been psychological research to show how poverty negatively impacts children at home, school, and in their communities.

Does Pretend Play Impact a Child’s Development?

“Pretend play may not drive child development as much as once thought” (Sadie Dingfelder). Using only the power of their imaginations, children can transform a box into a boat, or a living room into a peril-fraught jungle. But while many famous theorists, including Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky, have posited that pretending fuels children’s intellectual and creative development, that may not be the case, suggests University of Virginia psychology professor Angeline Lillard, PhD, online in Psychological Bulletin.

How to Help Children and Teens Manage Stress

The pandemic left mental illness at an all time high, especially among children and teens. “In fact, 71% of parents said the pandemic had taken a toll on their child’s mental health, and 69% said the pandemic was the worst thing to happen to their child, according to a 2020 national survey of 1,000 parents facilitated by the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.” Stress can alter a child in many different ways, it can stem from academic studies or doing well in a sport or a child can have chronic stress that can come from social unrest and violence which can do extensive damage to a child.

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)?

The purpose of this reading is to understand Cognitive Processing Therapy. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps patients learn how to modify and challenge unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. CPT is an effective form of treatment for PTSD that has developed after experiencing any traumatic event, such as, child abuse, combat, rape, and natural disasters.

Conservative Christian Parents’ Perceptions of Child- Parent Relationship Therapy

“The purpose of our study was to understand, document, and report conservative Christian parents’ perceptions of the effectiveness of an intensive 5-week filial therapy program, Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT).” As our society continues to grow, it is to be realized how much of a role religion plays in our everyday life.

Daily Temper Tantrums Aren’t Normal for Preschoolers

Behavior in young children and what is considered normal for that age Parents may think a 3-year-old frequent tantrums are normal in early childhood. But new research shows daily tantrums only occur in less than 10 percent of preschool children, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status or ethnicity (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2012).

Managing Stress for a Healthy Family

An online survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), conducted by Harris Interactive in August 2010, found that 73% of parents report family responsibilities as a significant source of stress. The survey also found that more than two-thirds of parents think their stress level has slight to no impact on their child’s stress level. However, only 14% of tweens and teens reported that they are not bothered when their parents are stressed.

Evidence-Based Practices for Childhood Grief and Trauma

There are several effective evidence-based practices designed to help children or teens who are grieving or experiencing trauma and grief. They include: Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, Multidimensional grief therapy, and Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families, etc.

Parenting: The Teen Years

Teenagers, dealing with hormone changes and issues of identity, sexuality, and alcohol, may feel that no one can understand their feelings, especially parents. The teen years pose some of the most difficult challenges for families. Teenagers, dealing with hormone changes and an ever-complex world, may feel that no one can understand their feelings, especially parents. As a result, the teen may feel angry, alone, and confused while facing complicated issues about identity, peers, sexual behavior, drinking, and drugs.

Parents are Models

While children are growing up and living with their parents, they are constantly observing every move their parents make. They observe so much that they want to be like their parents and that is who they learn the most from. Children learn things that their parents try to teach them, like counting or how to use the bathroom. They also learn from just watching what their parents do and trying to copy them.

When Parents are Incarcerated, their Children are Punished, too.

There is such a large population of children with incarcerated parents in the United States that even “Sesame Street” is addressing the issue. In 2013, the program introduced Alex, a character whose father is in jail, to highlight the stigma and coping difficulties experienced by children of incarcerated parents. The show’s handling of the topic sparked public interest and initiated a wider discussion about the need for increased support for children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers.