22 Posts by: "Liza Long"



From Adversaries to Allies: How Single Parents and Teachers Can Partner for Student Success

From Adversaries to Allies: How Single Parents and Teachers Can Partner for Student Success

I was resigned to go into yet another space where the people in charge would blame my poor parenting for my child’s inability to thrive. But something else happened instead, the beginning of a partnership that helped my child to complete his elementary school education successfully.
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A Story of Hope: Healing From Transgenerational Trauma

A Story of Hope: Healing From Transgenerational Trauma

Research shows that trauma is shared across generations through a variety of ways, including gene expression, socialization, and psychological disposition. While the source of trauma may be distant, the effects can still be devastating to children.
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How to Talk With Your Students About COVID-19

How to Talk With Your Students About COVID-19

I’ve already had more than a few hard conversations about the novel coronavirus and how it is impacting my students’ lives. How can we reassure our students during this crisis? And what signs should we look for to make sure that they are safe?
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How the COVID-19 Crisis May Impact Children With Severe Mental Health Conditions & What To Do

How the COVID-19 Crisis May Impact Children With Severe Mental Health Conditions & What To Do

If you’re parenting a child with a serious mental health condition, the sudden social distancing made necessary by the COVID-19 virus will likely bring a whole new level of stress to you and your child.
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Adjusting From Classroom to Online Teaching: Tips From a Teacher Experienced in Both

Adjusting From Classroom to Online Teaching: Tips From a Teacher Experienced in Both

With intentional planning and deliberate outreach, an online class can provide a robust learning environment for your students — and your class can also help them to cope with the inevitable stress of sudden change in all areas of their lives.
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How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A Peer

How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A Peer

Avoiding the subject of suicide — and failing to create a safe space where your child can grieve — can actually create more harm. To end teen suicide, adults must step up, be brave, and have hard conversations.
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Your Child’s Teacher Can Be A Powerful Advocate In The Classroom

Your Child’s Teacher Can Be A Powerful Advocate In The Classroom

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, autism, or another learning disability need support in all aspects of their lives, especially in the classroom. As a parent, you are the most important advocate for your child, but you’re not alone. Your child’s teachers and school administrators can provide valuable, much-needed support.
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Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

About 10% of children ages 4-17 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These kids often struggle to control their hyperactivity and/or impulsivity at school, which significantly impacts their ability to learn effectively.
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5 Habits for a More Mindful, Healthy Approach to Life

5 Habits for a More Mindful, Healthy Approach to Life

Confession: I am starting to feel stressed out by the relentless calls for “mindfulness” in my life. Yet we all need something — whatever we want to call it — to keep ourselves focused, productive, and, yes, happy, in our roles as parents.
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Securing Your Safety Net: How collaborating with your child on a crisis plan can keep all of you safe

Securing Your Safety Net: How collaborating with your child on a crisis plan can keep all of you safe

As we waited for an ambulance to take Eric, still raging, to the hospital, I sunk down to the curb, looking at my fingers, still sticky from pancake syrup. I will never forget what happened next.
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Feeling Gratitude in a Valley of Shadows: What one mother has gained from her son's serious mental illness

Feeling Gratitude in a Valley of Shadows: What one mother has gained from her son's serious mental illness

For many lonely, exhausting years while my child was desperately ill, I struggled to feel grateful for anything as I drove from one specialist to another. I came across some positive psychology research almost by chance.
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More than Their Labels: How to talk to your child about their diagnosis

More than Their Labels: How to talk to your child about their diagnosis

Every child is unique, with special needs, abilities, and strengths. Learning how to focus on those strengths can be critical when parents talk to their children about mental health conditions.
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Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

All children can experience anxiety about starting a new school year. Mental health conditions can exacerbate those common anxieties and fears, sometimes even making your child physically ill.
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You’re Not Alone: Finding a Support System when Your Child Struggles with Mental Illness

When children are sick with physical illnesses like cancer, the entire community rallies around the family. Friends bring casseroles, offer to watch the child’s siblings…
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Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

While I no longer plan summer daycare for my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter, there’s no way I would have left my son Eric, who lives with bipolar disorder, home alone at the age of 13. He would not have been safe.
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Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in parenting a child with mental illness is that it’s okay to doubt myself—and even more importantly, it’s also okay to trust myself too.
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You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

Parents of kids with mental illnesses fight so many daily battles that trying to get a stubborn child to eat a healthy meal can seem like an impossible task. But healthy meals are worth the fight.
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Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

My experience with my child has shown me that parents can plan for a successful adventure despite the challenges of mental illness. Here are a few things I have learned.
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the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

I knew from an early age that my son was not defined by his behaviors, but building self-worth and confidence in a child who experiences mental health challenges is a difficult task.
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time for you: five new years resolutions for a happy, healthy new year

time for you: five new years resolutions for a happy, healthy new year

Parenting a child who has mental illness means that your life doesn’t look like everyone else’s—and it doesn’t have to. This year, while everyone else is heading to the gym again, resolve to care for yourself, just as much as you care for your children.
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feeling thankful in the midst of challenges

feeling thankful in the midst of challenges

Since my children were young, we’ve practiced the same Thanksgiving tradition. During the first week of November, we sit down together and make our “Thankful Turkeys.” Some years, this activity is harder than other years.
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what if your child is the bully?

what if your child is the bully?

While being bullied may cause an otherwise healthy child to develop mental health issues, bullying behavior may also be a sign that a child is struggling and needs help.
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