When Valentine's Day Falls Short

Posted by Michele Brown on Feb 8, 2018 3:27:02 PM

It’s a familiar scene. A mother attempts to comfort her young daughter as tears stream down the girl’s face. All of the daughter’s friends received a valentine from someone and she is the only one without. A day that was supposed to be about celebrating love has turned into a popularity contest.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

Posted by Mike Hannan on Feb 1, 2018 3:59:32 PM

 “Anxiety is one of those diagnoses that is a great masquerader,” explains Dr. Laura Prager, director of the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service at Massachusetts General Hospital in an article featured for The Child Mind Institute. “It can look like a lot of things.”  Indeed, anxious children react to their environment in a variety of ways, some of which parents may find surprising. Often, a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder will behave like an angry, sad or disruptive child. In fact, the Child Mind Institute shares that “anxiety manifests differently in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body’s ability to either face danger or escape danger.” 

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Causes and Risks, School Issues

how to coparent during a deployment

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jan 26, 2018 11:35:21 AM

AdobeStock_158798576.jpegCoparenting, or the coordination between parents as they work together to raise a child, is hard work. Staying consistent, attuned, and effective as a team is a challenge for any family. For military families, separations due to trainings and deployments add to that challenge.

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Topics: Military Families

preparing a child for a parent’s deployment

Posted by Venee M. Hummel, LMSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:34:14 AM

AdobeStock_140791779.jpegThere are some common ideas that parents have around deployments and their children. Some believe that the little ones won’t even realize that Mom/Dad left; or since they do not have a concrete concept of time, there isn’t a reason to tell them in advance. For older children and adolescents, some parents may think that the kids just needs to be informed and don’t require any other preparation.

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Topics: Military Families

reconnecting with your child after deployment

Posted by Venee M. Hummel, LMSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:33:25 AM

AdobeStock_98250104 (1).jpegJason was sitting on the white bus waiting to be taken to the parade field for the big homecoming formation and ceremony. This was his third time coming home, but last time his son was only 14 months old. Now, his son is six and he has a three-year-old daughter. It went well last time, but this time feels different for some reason. Jason is thrilled and ready, but he can’t help noticing that he is also nervous to see his kids again.

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Topics: Military Families

what does consistency in parenting look like for military families? 

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jan 26, 2018 11:31:58 AM

IAdobeStock_98253752.jpegmagine if you had no idea what would happen in your life from day to day. What if you didn’t know any of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for your job? What would it feel like to have no clue what would or wouldn’t upset your boss? For most of us, what would cause a lot of anxiety! The same is true for children. They need consistency.

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Topics: Military Families