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Supporting a bullied middle schooler

The door bangs shut. Your teen is home from middle school with their head hanging down and in disbelief. When you ask how the day went, they bury their head in their hands, cry, and share that their best friend is spreading rumors about them all over school and not…


Early Childhood Education and the Four Key Benefits on Child Development

ECE or Early Child Education is considered to be a crucial period in child development. Although not mandatory by the Unites States Department of Education, the early childhood education is a fundamental stage in the learning.
The National Association for Early Childhood Education for Young Children (NAEYC) defines early childhood as…


Not in the same boat

It has become almost trite to say that although we are all in the same storm, we are not in the same boat. Nonetheless, the papers in this special issue attest to the truth of this statement. Each paper provides a snapshot of how the parents and children on our…


Why Ignoring A Tantrum Might Not Always Work (& What To Do Instead)

Children experience emotions just like adults do. Unfortunately, most kids lack the emotional intelligence to effectively communicate what they’re feeling in any given moment during the early stages of child development. Sometimes this leads kids to throw temper tantrums in hopes of getting what they want or expressing the big…


What to Do When Your Kid Thinks You're Playing Favorites

I wasn’t exactly surprised when, in the midst of a recent disagreement, my 11-year-old son expressed how upset he was by telling me that he believed I love his younger sister more than him. That’s a pretty common go-to move that most parents hear at some point, and I certainly…


Talking to children about death and grief

Grief is often described as an emotional response to loss; but grief is not a simple response. It can evoke a complex amalgam of powerful emotions such as sadness, anger, guilt, or regret. These emotions can be so overwhelming that they often translate into a physiological response, such as headaches…


Suicide attempts by children have spiked during the pandemic, especially among girls

Five years ago, if a child younger than 13 arrived at Maine Medical Center for treatment following a suicide attempt, it was rare and notable.

It’s no longer rare.

If your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger, dial 911.

For immediate assistance during a mental health crisis, call or text…


Addressing the mental health of today’s teens

The pandemic has left the world’s teenagers more stressed and anxious than ever, challenging both their mental health and well-being. For help navigating these mental and emotional waters, we turned to Courtney L. Washington, PsyD, CSYAC, HSPP, clinical training director, Park Center, Parkview Behavioral Health Institute, for some much-needed advice…


How to react when your kid’s having a tantrum & the one thing you can do to stop it

FROM the terrible twos to the troublesome threes and ferocious fours, tantrums evolve over time but they’re all equally unpleasant.
Whether you’re dealing with a child who screams and cries, lashes out physically or gets nasty with words, there are foolproof strategies to put tantrums to bed. Parenting expert Sophie Giles…


Ease Your Child’s Mental Burden During These Difficult Times

The COVID-19 outbreak and consequent lockdowns have changed the way we function in the world and brought us face-to-face with a lot of uncertainty and fear. Children could possibly be the silent sufferers of the pandemic as they are too young to understand or process their thoughts and emotions, something…

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