How to Make (and Keep) Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2022 With 2021 coming to a close, many are looking ahead to what 2022 will bring. And, while there are always things outside of our control (e.g., COVID-19 ending), coming up with some personal new year’s resolutions, can be a fun and productive way to start the year. Sure, we’ve all heard that new year’s resolutions don’t last, but research has actually shown that close to 50% percent of people who make a resolution are still successful in keeping it after a 6-month follow-up. So, how do you make your [...]
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Should I Quit My Job? The Great Resignation, a term coined by organizational psychologist, Dr. Anthony Klotz, characterizes the trend in which large numbers of employees have quit their jobs from Spring of 2021 to the present. It’s believed that the trend is due to many factors in response to COVID-19 including burnout, being dissatisfied, lower wages and wage stagnation, being at home for an extended period of time, not wanting to return to the work space and reprioritizing one’s work life and personal life balance. So, if people are leaving their jobs in growing numbers, what does that [...]
Thanksgiving 2021: 7 Ways To Be Thankful This Year The global pandemic has made the last year and a half very difficult for many; the pandemic has forced numerous adjustments and compromises on us, and the death toll in the US alone is tragically closing in on 740,000 deaths. Yes, we have a vaccine, and yes positive new cases across the nation (and the world) are trending down, but many of the stressors of COVID-19 remain. At a time when there is so much negativity and disagreement in the world and within our community, I invite us to focus on [...]
How to Support Our Children During This Not Quite Normal School Year Our children are back in school, and everything’s great, right? Yes and no. Sure, there are plenty of positives to being in school again – our children can access academic material better, receive more personalized and direct instruction, form and maintain better connections, and they are less distracted. However, while research has shown that children learn more when they are in school, the return to school has been problematic for many. In my opinion, the protracted changes, adjustments, and uncertainties of COVID-19 have been, and continue to be, [...]
Managing your child’s back to school anxiety With the start of the school year just weeks away, so many children are beginning to look forward to returning to class. However, the numerous uncertainties, unanswered questions and unknowns about what school will be like this year, alongside the significant life changes and adjustments of the past 16 months, has created a lot of anxiety for returning students. While back to school anxiety is not uncommon, recent surveys have shown that the number of elementary, and middle school, high school, and college students experiencing anxiety is at an all-time high; one survey [...]
Three Tips To Getting Back to Normal After COVID-19 By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. As a global pandemic, COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the world. To date, there have been close to 180 million total cases, and the virus has tragically taken the lives of over 3.8 million people. Regardless of one’s personal experience with COVID-19, for the past 15 months, the world as we have always known it has not been the same place in very upsetting ways -- working from home, virtual learning for our children, social distancing, financial hardships, stress and anxiety in response to changes [...]
Having a mild life crisis as a couple? “Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.” – Eleanor Roosevelt The Canadian psychoanalyst, Elliott Jacques coined the term “Mid-Life Crisis” in 1965. He believed that mid-life is a transitional phase rife with uncertainty and emotional conflict, pertaining to one’s sense of mortality. Later research in this area has found that to varying degrees [...]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports As a psychologist, I frequently work with children and teens involved in competitive team sports, and while there are certainly advantages to being a great athlete at a young age, there can also be a number of challenges. The Good. The positives of youth sports are manifold. Research studies have shown that highly athletic children and teens do better academically, socially and emotionally and are more physically fit when compared to those who do not participate in competitive organized sports. According to Niko Eckart, Founder and Technical Director of [...]
“Yes Day!” is a recent movie that involves a mom and dad that usually say “no” to their children, but agree to a 24-hour period where their children get to do whatever they want (with some reasonable ground rules). The family goes on an adventure with all sorts of twists and turns, and the story unfolds with fun, impulsive, and at times difficult emotional moments for them all. In the end, the children and parents grow from their whirlwind day, and they become closer and better off as a family for having had the experience. The movie is adapted from [...]
In these technology driven times, managing our children’s screen time is a daily – and sometimes moment to moment – parenting task. With the changes we’ve had to make societally as parents due to COVID-19, that task has certainly become even more imperative. Think about it. Many children are on screens for full school days now, then they do their homework on a screen and then they enjoy much of their free time with screens. If your children are awake about 16 hours a day, the majority of their waking time is likely being spent with some form of technology. [...]