HOW DO YOU TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GRIEF AND LOSS?
When the mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, parents were lost as what to do and where to begin in efforts to support their grieving children. In many families, the parents were just as traumatized as the students. Children can become silent suffers. When tragedy and loss strike our youth unexpectedly like this, they quickly must learn how to deal with a roller coaster of emotions. As a licensed clinical social worker and trauma professional, I have a few helpful solutions to make uncomfortable… (read more)
HOW TO DEVELOP A TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR TEENAGER
You may believe your teenager is open and honest with you because you have made an effort over the years to bond and develop a trusting relationship with your teen. However, the teenage years can be a game changer. It is common for teenagers to pull away and begin a private life. In some families this will go unnoticed, while in others parents say it is very obvious that their teenager is pulling away. As a therapist for more than 15 years, I know that it is common for teenagers to be rebellious and defiant. The combination of autonomy and immaturity can lead to risky teenage… (read more)