Aspiring Families Uses a Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Del Mar Times features Dr. Maker, the founding director of Aspiring Families, Center for Mental Health and Wellness: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for recognizing the magnitude of mental health issues in our present-day society. For Dr. Azmaira Maker, the founder of Aspiring Families Center for Mental Health and Wellness, the designation… Read more »


Inside Edition: Dr. Maker Comments on Pranks on Kids

https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/did-cole-and-sav-take-april-fools-prank-too-far-51923 Young kids need stability, predictability, and safety in order to thrive. Trust and secure attachment are critical foundations of healthy child development, and should be a primary focus of parenting. This video invites us to reflect on the impact of certain pranks on young children’s emotional well being, and how distressing pranks may be… 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 »


Support Kids Impacted by the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family members who were impacted in the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting. As a nation, we must come together to support the families and the communities affected. It is also critical that we not forget the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community – our kids. Hundreds… Read more »


Where Did My Friend Go?: A 2017 Book Excellence Finalist

We are delighted to share that Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death has won the 2017 Book Excellence Finalist Award. We would like to thank all who contributed their time, creativity, and support to making Where Did My Friend Go? such a special book for children coping with death, loss, and… Read more »


Where Did My Friend Go? Wins 2017 Pinnacle Book Award

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death wins the 2017 National Association Book Entrepreneurs Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. We are delighted to share that Where Did My Friend Go? has won the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. We would like to thank the families and organizations that contributed to bringing this book to life…. Read more »


July Is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month

July is cleft and craniofacial awareness month, and we need your support in providing FREE medical care for youth who don’t have access to the specialized care they need. 1 in 700 kids in the world have cleft and craniofacial differences. In low-income countries, 90% of people don’t have access to surgical care, including surgeries… Read more »


Help Support Kids Coping With a Traumatic Death

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting. It is with much sadness that we remember this day and event, and we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families and the community who lost their loved children and family members. Since the Sandy Hook shooting, 160 schools have experienced a school shooting…. Read more »


How to Explain to Our Kids What Happened in Orlando

How are we explaining to young kids what just happened in Orlando?  Another senseless tragedy has occurred, this time in Orlando, and our deepest sympathies go out to all the families who have lost loved ones and the Orlando community. As I watch the news and read the papers, I keep asking myself, what about… Read more »


Investigating the Effects of Screen Time on Children

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 media modes (TV, ipads, computers, iphones, etc.), electronics have become the “go to” in quiet moments. Screen time has also… Read more »