Teen Suicide: Awareness, Risks, and Prevention

We express our deepest sympathies to the families who recently lost their teenagers to suicides in San Diego. There have been 3 suicides and 1 attempt in the last one month in high schools within a 5 mile radius. The community is shocked and grieving with the families, and parents, clinicians, and educators are working hard to map… Read more »


The Perils of Perfectionism In Kids and Teens

Perfectionism in Kids and Teens: Dr. Naecker provides expert research and tips on healthy achievement. In today’s busy world, children and teens are chronically juggling the demands of academics, sports, friendships, social media, family, and extra-curricular activities. The expectation and need to excel in multiple domains can be enormously taxing for children and adolescents, lending… Read more »


Screen Time: The Impact on Kids and Parenting

Parents often worry about the amount of time their child is spending on electronics and how it is affecting their social skills, motivation, attention, emotional regulation, and neurological functioning. Given the easy access to multiple modes of media (TV, ipads, computers, phones, etc.), electronics have become the “go to” in quiet moments. Screen time has… Read more »


May Is Mental Health Month… With One More School Shooting

Source of graph: Wikipedia, 2018 Preventing Violence and Helping Children Cope with Trauma It is with great sorrow that we share our condolences with the families and community of Santa Fe High School. No one can doubt that school shootings are now an epidemic in the U.S., with an average of one school shooting every week… Read more »


Helping Kids Cope With The Trauma of School Gun Violence

Photograph Source: Wikimedia Commons The recent school gun shootings in Florida and Maryland continue to remind us of the critical need to take action to process the trauma with our children and to protect our children in schools. Children’s exposure to gun violence is a primary national health care crisis, and the American Academy of… Read more »


Positive Tools to Navigate Divorce With Your Children

January has been tagged as ‘Divorce Month’ in the United States and the United Kingdom, and parents are looking for tools to navigate divorce in healthy ways. Every January, there is an unusually high volume of calls to family attorneys inquiring into divorce proceedings after the holidays. The divorce statistics remain high, with approximately over… Read more »


Tips For Keeping The Holidays Peaceful For The Kids

Keeping the holidays peaceful and joyful for the kids is critical given the multiple stressors parents experience at this time. Travel plans, family get-togethers, finances and budgets, children being home from school, meal planning, and differences in cultural, spiritual, and religious celebratory practices can trigger significant conflicts. Hence, as the holidays approach, it is important… Read more »


Where Did My Friend Go?: A 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist

We are happy to share that Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death wins Finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards for Children’s Picture Book (Soft-Cover, Non-Fiction).  We hope you will reach out to the children, families, and communities affected by the Vegas, NY, and Texas attacks, and share or donate… Read more »


Healing Kids From The NY and Texas Shootings

It is with great sorrow that we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and communities of NY and Texas who experienced the recent shootings. In these incidents, many children witnessed the horror, know someone who was injured, or have lost a loved one in the attacks. Children also frequently hear about the attacks in their… Read more »


Teaching Teens Why Sexual Harassment & Assault Is Wrong

In this day and age, as in the past, it is unfortunate that we still have a critical need to teach teens how and why sexual harassment and assault is wrong. With one in five women men and women reporting rape in their life time, and one in twenty men and women reporting sexual violence… Read more »