News Archive — June 2015

School's Out, Structure's In: How to Plan Your Child's Summer "Work Week"

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Please tell me I'm not alone, but every year when school lets out for summer, I worry (yes, I do) what are the kids going to do with all of that free time? So practicing what I preach, I know it's better to use my time planning than worrying, here's a plan to introduce a little structure into your child's summer vacation. Not too much, but just enough. It could help end the fights over screen time and make a better summer for everyone in your home. Happy summer all!

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Don't Save the Wisdom of Failure Until Graduation

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Graduation speeches encouraging students to be resilient in the face of failure (because therein lies the path to success) are becoming a staple in American culture. But why save that great advice until the 11th hour? Imagine how different things might be if our children learned how to approach and manage risk and uncertainty from the very beginning of their education. Here are some simple ideas that we can start using today to make resilient risk-taking part of everyday life for our children, and ourselves, too!

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When Tragedy Feels Near, But Is Very Far

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Last month a tragedy happened in my hometown of Philadelphia when an Amtrak train derailed killing eight people and seriously injuring many, many more. The day after the crash my husband and I had long ago planned to meet with our lawyer to update our will. The juxtaposition of these events gave me a lot to think about, especially, how hard it is to be resilient, even when you are an anxiety therapist. And how, as parents, we need to be-- for our children, and ourselves.

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