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The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume

2022-10-27T17:58:57+00:00

The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume Hero, monster, princess or something sexy? A costume can say a lot about a child's development Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children. The meaning of Halloween runs deep in our culture — it’s a time to celebrate, a time for treats, a time for being spooky or silly, a time for costumes, and it’s a time to enjoy family and friends. When we think back to some of our fondest childhood memories, most of us have at least one or two Halloween moments. And what costume [...]

The Psychology of Your Child’s Halloween Costume2022-10-27T17:58:57+00:00

Four tips to surviving summer with kids back from college

2022-06-05T01:14:32+00:00

Four tips to surviving summer with kids back from college Sharing the nest again and navigating how to function as a family when your son or daughter returns home from college can be challenging. Sure, your child will always be your child, and you may believe that you still know what’s best for them as mom and dad, but with every semester or quarter that passes they’re aging and separating from you. From freshman year to senior year of college, your kids are taking the steps they need to take to become more independent as they enter young adulthood. At [...]

Four tips to surviving summer with kids back from college2022-06-05T01:14:32+00:00

Having a mild life crisis as a couple? 

2021-06-24T03:00:16+00:00

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 [...]

Having a mild life crisis as a couple? 2021-06-24T03:00:16+00:00

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports

2021-05-01T15:37:53+00:00

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 [...]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Competitive Youth Sports2021-05-01T15:37:53+00:00

Give Your Kids A “Yes Day!”

2021-03-28T00:28:40+00:00

“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 [...]

Give Your Kids A “Yes Day!”2021-03-28T00:28:40+00:00

 Meet Me in the Middle: What You Need to Know to Really Know your Middle Schooler

2021-02-19T01:56:50+00:00

Meet Me in the Middle:What You Need to Know to Really Know your Middle SchoolerWhere Did My Child Go? When many of us think back to the age we wish we could take a redo, the tween and pre-teen years of middle school often come to mind. It’s a time when most kids live in the whirling limbo of two different worlds, with one foot still planted in childhood and the other tripping into all of the messiness of puberty. Change best defines this phase of life, and as we know, change is not easy…  for any of us. Parenting a middle schooler [...]

 Meet Me in the Middle: What You Need to Know to Really Know your Middle Schooler2021-02-19T01:56:50+00:00

Healing yourself and your relationships after the election

2021-02-19T02:02:23+00:00

Healing yourself and your relationships after the election By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Mindfulness is the concept of being 100 percent present in the moment, while accepting all aspects of what that moment is – without criticism, blame, or judgement.  But with this presidential year being so contentious, and with such heated vitriol between the two major candidates and political parties, it hasn’t been easy to be mindful.  Throw into the mix the emotional weight and upset of COVID-19 along with the civil unrest of recent months, and the Nation has never felt more divided. While people [...]

Healing yourself and your relationships after the election2021-02-19T02:02:23+00:00

The Psychology of Your Vote 2020

2021-02-19T02:03:09+00:00

The Psychology of Your Vote 2020 A person’s political beliefs are determined by several factors.  How you were raised, your life experiences, your current circumstances, your age, and other things, all contribute to your values and beliefs and the choices you make in life – including how you vote. But what if political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control?  What if the vote you cast on November 3rd turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours?  Scientific research [...]

The Psychology of Your Vote 20202021-02-19T02:03:09+00:00
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