It can be difficult for busy families to spend some quality time together; parents are often juggling work commitments with keeping on top of household chores, while children may have studies and homework or after-school activities that eat up time. As a result, family time is often at a premium, and on those occasions when schedules combine there is often some activity … [Read more...] about How To Actually Organize Family Leisure
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What causes it, and how to fix it. A few months back, I spent the afternoon at the park with a dear friend and his nine-year-old twin boys. While Brad and I savored a day away from our computers and phones, his boys became more anxious as the afternoon progressed, punctuating our walk with choruses of “I’m bored!” Why did three hours of sunshine without ipads, phones, … [Read more...] about Does Your Child Suffer from Technology-Induced Anxiety?
In the wake of the Varsity Blues Scandal everyone is asking the question - how did modern day parenting get here? Obsessive-compulsive behavior in parenting is nothing new. However the terms used to describe it have evolved. First there was the “Tiger Mom”, which morphed into “Helicopter Parenting” and now this has turned into “Intensive Parenting” - the latest and greatest of … [Read more...] about Are You Guilty Of Competitive Parenting?
Autism and Making Important Observations Subtitle: Autism and Meaning Well We recently had to put our dog to sleep. She was only nine and a half years old. My son was seven when we got here. She was “his dog.” How did my son do with this sad event? I’ll discuss the one autism-like response that my son had below. It has to do with the subtitle to this blog, … [Read more...] about Autism and Making Important Observations
I was listening to a #MeToo movement story the other day on NPR. I began to think about my son and how it relates. My son is a teenager quickly (too quickly for me) becoming a young male adult. A young male adult with autism. How does his background apply here? I remember one of my son’s first Floor Time facilitators telling me that my baby (he was only around … [Read more...] about Autism and Sexual Harassment