Saying the phrase “I’m going to go visit a therapist” is not the first sentence we are used to hearing when we meet someone. In fact, someone who is seeing a therapist may not even tell another person at all throughout the course of the relationship. However, our culture of silencing mental health issues must change in order to solve the crisis that many adolescents face every day: anxiety and depression.Read more
Parents have many concerns for their teens; underage drinking, marijuana, e-cigarettes, opioid misuse, risky sexual behavior or teen pregnancy, Internet safety, depression, suicide, and the list could go on and on. It’s hard to stay informed on all the latest risky behaviors children might find themselves in, so what are parents to do? How can parents prevent their children from becoming involved in risky behavior?Read more
I always knew I had a great dad; I was cognizant of that from an early age. My confidence in that knowledge grew as I got older, and my friends started making comments about it. So, I always knew I had a great dad, but I didn’t understand the science behind what made him so good. All I knew is that he cared about me. And I knew he cared about me because he spent his free time with me, ...all of it. I mean, all of his free time. He was a very busy guy, with many jobs and responsibilities, but every second he wasn’t working he was with me.
At the end of July, we will be making our annual trek to California to visit family and (joy, rapture) Disneyland. You can probably guess how happy one with Asperger’s Syndrome is when dealing with the crowds, loud noises, and sensory overload chaos of the happiest place on Earth. But a parent makes sacrifices when they have a five-year-old Disney Princess-adoring daughter—and then finds a way to turn that sacrifice into an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson.Read more
Viktor Frankl endured one of the most disturbing chapters in our history books. He then rewrote that chapter as one of the most influential books of our time, Man's Search for Meaning.Read more
Speech and language development is so variable in young children that it can be difficult to know when your child is really delayed and what is considered within normal development.Read more
For many animals in the arctic tundra, summer is a time of scarce food and many new mouths to feed. Parents of their young instinctively know that if they stop trying to aid in the necessities, their family will not survive. They know they must keep going and searching, even if it means weeks without food and hundreds of miles crossed. And so it is with people. If parents decide to stop providing necessary resources to children, then the family unit may not survive or the children may go elsewhere for the physical or mental needs of life. It is in this context that I wish to address the saddening increase in suicides among a young crowd of middle schoolers.Read more
Wikipedia defines a New Year’s resolution as a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior or to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. Common New Year’s resolutions include quit smoking, lose weight, get in shape or to save more money. We make our resolutions with the intent of making a real change and usually do well….for a while. Soon most of us fall back into our old habits.Read more
“Porter, it’s your day to unload the dishwasher,” I said one night after dinner.
“Okay,” he said, but then he started playing Legos instead of doing dishes.
“Porter, you were told to do the dishes and now you’re playing Legos. You didn’t follow instructions,” I said.
Porter immediately interrupted, “But I can’t. It’s too high to put them away.”Read more
It is turning out to be one of those days! A meeting at work got out late and now you are rushing to pick up your 10-year-old son at scouts, and your 13-year-old daughter from piano lessons. Your teenage son just called from home wondering if the roast in the crock pot (still on the warm setting) is for dinner – “because it certainly ain’t done!!” As your scouter son excitedly hops into the car, with his Pine Wood Derby kit, he “reminds” you that he has a book report due in the morning and could you please help him because it is “super confusing.” It is then that you remember that your family signed up to go and visit some elderly people at the nursing home this evening. After picking up your daughter, you sigh as you head for “Little Ceasars” - because pizza it is. That will be the only way to salvage dinner together before it is time to leave.Read more