Adding Mental Health to your College Student’s Checklist

photo-1484480974693-6ca0a78fb36bIt’s the summer between high school graduation and freshman year in college and your young adult has passed the test.  They have done everything required to earn their high school diploma.  They are headed to college and the mad dash begins to get X-Long Twin sheet, towels, toiletries, books, supplies, a backpack and clothes, but what about the non-tangible items?  Mental health is ...

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Suicide in Teens

photo-1492045227812-30e5649087d2Suicide tends to be a taboo subject, and can be scary to talk about. Suicide in teens can be an even more difficult topic to broach. It is, however, important if you have teens of your own or work with adolescents to be aware of the signs of suicidality in teenagers and know what you can do if you notice these signs.

As we ...

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Transitioning into Summer

When summertime comes around, we seem to check our responsibilities and healthy habits at the door. Transitioning into summer is not something everyone thinks about, it is usually the juja-han-271340-unsplashtransition from summer to fall that is always on our mind. However, how we plan to move in to summer can be very important to our mental health for both adults and children. Some healthy ways to transition into summer include setting goals, ...

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10 Quick Joy Fixes For Weary Working Moms

london-scout-27290-unsplashAs a working mom myself, I know how difficult it can be to maintain a good work-life balance. In fact, most days it seems almost impossible! Between waking up early, getting the kids ready, trying to make yourself look presentable, rushing the kids off to daycare or school, working a full day, rushing back to pick up the kids, carting them off to different sporting/after school events, darting back home to ...

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Helicopter Parenting


Ask most parents what they want for their children, and they’re likely to answer that they want them to be happy, have a good life, be successful in their careers, and have happy families of their own one day. They might add that they’d like to see them succeed in their interests whether that is a sport, the arts, or another skill.

These are all good goals and reflect the care we ...

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Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween can be one of the most fun and exciting holidays of the year. Dressing up, carving pumpkins and eating chocolate candies are all part of the fun! But, while we look forward to the tricks and treats, true scares involving loved ones can ruin the holiday if we don’t take proper safety precautions.

Due to the high amount of foot traffic by children and teens, Halloween is often the holiday with ...

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Recognizing Bullying

Going back to school shouldn’t mean going back to being bullied. Most parents are aware of the potential dangers of bullying, and some of the ways in which it can damage a child emotionally. However, children are not always willing to openly discuss being teased or bullied with their parents. They may feel embarrassed, or they may want to take on the challenges by themselves, feeling like parent intervention would show ...

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Summer Structure

Whbeachen the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it may not seem like there is much to complain about. However, the summer can also be a difficult time to manage mental health issues for adults and children. Summer is often seen as a time of freedom and bliss, although the lack of structure during the summer months may result in feelings ...

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Personal Discipline for Better Child Discipline

parent-child-talk2As necessary as it is, parents generally find discipline to be one of the most difficult aspects of parenting. In our article, “Hard Lessons: Discipline and Child Behavior,” we discussed several types of effective techniques for teaching discipline to children. Here we discuss some helpful tips for self-discipline to keep in mind when applying those techniques.

Parenting is not only one of the most ...

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Hard Lessons: Discipline and Child Behavior

Salvi LoPiccolo, LMHC

dad_teaching_kid_disciplineWhen it comes to parenting children, there’s a big difference between discipline and punishment. Discipline is meant to teach and guide the child toward adopting behaviors that are acceptable in our society while also maintaining a level of positive self-esteem and a healthy relationship between the parent and the child.

Punishment, on the other hand, does not teach but rather instills a penalty ...

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