Mental Health Tips for Children, Teens, & Parents

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What to Do About My Child’s Fears and Phobias? | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

Not too long ago, a friend asked me for advice about how to help her 9-year old daughter who has developed a fear of death. This young girl expressed …

How to Tell if Your Child or Teen Has an Eating Disorder? | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

<b>What are Eating Disorders?</b><p>Eating disorders (EDs) in children and adolescents are serious psychological conditions that cause changes in eating habits …

Binge Eating

Parenting Tips: The Power of Praise and Other Positive Reinforcement | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

<b>Praise is powerful.</b> It is something we all relish. Everybody likes to be recognized for what we are doing well, for our successes, and for our …

How to Help Your Child or Teen Develop a Positive Body Image | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

With so much talk nowadays about food, diets, shape, and weight, it can be confusing as a parent to know how to help your child develop positive …

Parenting

DOs and DON’Ts

In my clinical practice, I often see children whose parents are either separated, in the process of divorcing, or divorced (and sometimes for many …

New Resource to Tame Your Child’s Anger: The Tiger in my chest | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

Anger is a difficult emotion for many children and adults to understand and to manage. While anger is a normal emotional reaction to a perceived or …

The 5-Minute Mindfulness Challenge for You and Your Child or Teen | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

It’s that time of the year already when summer has come to an end and the new school year is about to or has already begun. That means getting back …

Could My Child or Teen Be Depressed? | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

It seems to me that the term “depressed” is often loosely used to describe an intense feeling of sadness. Sometimes teenage clients will say “<i>I feel</i> …

Feelings Thermometer: A Helpful Tool for You and Your Child | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

When do you traditionally pull out the thermometer to take your child’s temperature? Perhaps when your child does not seem to be behaving like …

Help for the Anxious Child, Anxious Teen, and Anxious Parent: Part 2 | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

In a previous post Help for the Anxious Child, Anxious Teen, and Anxious Parent, I shared the importance of building your own toolkit and your …

The Worry Jar Technique: Help Your Child Overcome Worries and Anxiety | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

It may seem like your child worries a lot of the time and about everything. Children can worry about all sorts of things, such as safety issues, …

The Teenage Brain: Understanding Adolescents and Their Risky Behaviours | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

The teenage years have forever been characterized as a time of turmoil and change. It is during adolescence that youth are trying to discover who …

Psychological Testing of Your Child Explained | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

Teachers and school administrators often ask parents to have their child psychologically tested because of questions and concerns they have about a …

How to Effectively Communicate with Your Teen: 7 Parenting Tips | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

In my clinical work with troubled teenagers, it is often the case that there is a real communication breakdown between these adolescents and their …

Does My Child Have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? (Revised) | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

As a clinical child psychologist, I often get asked by parents, “Does my child have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit …

Steps for Taming Your Child’s Anger | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

<b>What is Anger?</b><p>Anger is an emotional reaction to a real or perceived threat. Anger signals to us that something is wrong. Anger is a normal feeling we …

How You and Your Teen Can Quiet the Inner Critic | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

Why is it that we are our own worst critics? Why do we say such mean things to ourselves and call ourselves names (e.g., “fat”, “ugly”, “stupid”, …

Recommended Books for the Anxious Child | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

In an earlier post about help for the anxious child, anxious teen, and anxious parent, I discussed building your toolkit and building your child’s …

Help for the Anxious Child, Anxious Teen, and Anxious Parent | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

Kids and teens have worries and experience stress and anxiety just like their parents. Indeed, we can feel anxious, worried, overwhelmed or stressed …

The “What If” Game: To worry or not to worry? | Dr. Stephanie Margolese

Worries. We all have them. Some of us worry a lot whereas others worry a little. Some worries are about important and big issues and some may be …