Category: Children

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Can Social Media Use Be Healthy?

Many of us have a complicated relationship with social media. On the one hand, it keeps us connected to loved ones, friends, and family. On the other hand, we’ve heard or seen how social media negatively impacts mental health and personal relationships. With the onset of the pandemic, both kids and parents have been more

Back To School 2021: Reduce Anxiety and Make New Friends

This fall, many children and teens will be returning to school in person after a year or more of relative isolation. With this transition may come anxiety about what classmates will think of them, fear of getting sick, or worry about being able to make new friends. Our society has a history of valuing some

Anne Berkery

Get to Know Anne Berkery, OTR/L

Q: What is occupational therapy all about? A: Most people think occupational therapy is about jobs, recovery, or going back to work. While this is often the case for adults, occupational therapy for kids is completely different. I think this is somewhat misunderstood. The occupation of a child is play, getting along with their peers,

Celebrate Pride Month – Support Adolescents’ Developing Identity

Reflections from a Child and Family Therapist… It’s June and that means it’s time to celebrate Pride Month! Pride is a time to celebrate diverse genders and sexual orientations and commemorate the work people have done to ensure LGBTQ people can live openly and freely without discrimination. For parents, Pride Month is also a good

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Seasonal Allergies: A Three-Pronged Natural Approach

The flowers are blooming, the temperature is not yet blazing…it’s the perfect time to appreciate our Arizona landscape until…..Achoo! Spring has sprung and with it the discomfort of seasonal allergies. Whether it be the palo verdes or the olive trees, Tucson and its surrounding area has its own unique bounty of pollen spreaders that make

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Five Strategies to Cultivate Healthy Sibling Relationships

Consider this: During childhood and adolescence, your kids may spend more time around each other than any other peer or family member! And with all of the time spent at home in the last year, sibling one-on-one time has been at an all-time high for many families. While some kids may enjoy spending more quality

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Boredom? Lack of Purpose? Give Your Kids a Meaningful Summer Experience

A bit of boredom can be beneficial! Boredom is needed to spark creativity, and it helps motivate children and teens to pursue new goals and develop self-control. However, sometimes boredom can contribute to depression and other kinds of emotional distress in kids and teens. Knowing when to step in, support children and teens, and suggest

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Emotional Meltdowns: When Anger, Frustration, and Irritation Reach a Tipping Point

Emotional meltdowns commonly frustrate parents and seem hard to understand, prevent, and manage. Children often lose control of their emotions when they can’t verbalize their needs. Their irritation, frustration, and anger build up until they reach a tipping point. When the intensity of children’s emotions becomes too much for their nervous system to handle, the thinking

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Mindful Walking: 3 exercises to tune into your body

The temperature is cooler. The holidays are here. And the new year is approaching. This is the perfect time for you and your family to get outdoors, tune into your bodies, and start to reflect on the new year ahead by practicing some mindful walking. If you’ve never walked mindfully before, here’s some information about

Expressive Creative Activities for Kids

Unplug! Expressive and Creative Activities for Kids

With the pandemic, many things have moved online. Is your child’s brain fried by the end of the school day? Do they try to decompress by playing video games, watching YouTube videos, or browsing Instagram? This kind of break may feel natural, but research has shown that kids and teens who spend a lot of

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No More Battles: Morning routines that work!

Over and over I hear from parents who feel like the life has been drained out of them before they’ve even made it through their morning coffee. Kids are sluggish and full of complaints from the moment they open their eyes; parents are nagging and panicking about being late (again); the whole family is angry

School Dread? Change their mindset in four steps

As your kids get ready to go back to school (or resume online school), do you wonder what more you can do to help them succeed academically or thrive socially? In her updated 2017 version of her book, Mindset, Carol Dweck, the psychologist who researched and coined the terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset,”cautions us that

Movement for Cranky Kids

Four Movement Activities For Your Cranky Kid

There’s a lot going on right now for all of us. And by that, I’m definitely talking about the anger, sadness, grief and chronic state of crisis fatigue many are experiencing. Tired from trying our best to cope with our own big feelings, many parents are finding it difficult to navigate our kids feelings, too.

The Pandemic of COVID-19: A lesson to our kids that we are all connected

I didn’t understand– most of us didn’t– exactly how it would feel to prepare for a pandemic to sweep through. On Friday afternoon our team naturopathic physician, Dr. Sage, attended a special seminar hosted by the Arizona Department of Health Services about COVID-19 (aka. Novel Coronavirus). On Monday, Dr. Sage and I began putting together

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Get Your Wakeful Child to Sleep… Finally!

If your children (and you) sleep through the night, you are the envy of parents everywhere! So many things can get in the way of getting a consistently good night’s rest– overstimulation, anxiety, depression, difficulty with making transitions, etc. Maybe your sweetie pie repeatedly begs for one more drink of water, worries about the next

New Year Resolutions

Create Meaningful (and Achievable) Family Goals for the New Year

It’s a new year and a new decade. For many people, that means it’s resolution time. It’s finding-yourself time. It’s creating-new-habits-and-setting-goals time. Maybe you’re one of the few who make your dreams come true at the start of each new year, but most of us live a different reality. Depending on the source, surveys suggest

Your Child Needs a Purpose

There are things I spend a fair amount of time worrying about in my professional work. As a psychologist and director of a child and family wellness center, I worry about whether families feel supported; about overscheduled lives limiting opportunities for connection; about the stress hormones resulting from the hurry-hurry-do-everything attitude of our society causing

The Emphasis on Self Care is Shaming Moms

Once upon a time, families of the neighborhood looked out for one another’s kids; sent a casserole down the street when their neighbor was down on their luck; called upon the mama with a new baby; and confidently sent their kids down the block for a cup of sugar from the neighbor. The days of

Mother Nature’s Parenting Tips

I have always been an observer. This tendency doesn’t stop with people-watching. As a child, I was fortunate enough to live near a nationally-ranked well-funded zoo. For a period of time, I was certain zoology was the field for me. I remember standing gape-mouthed at my local zoo as young gorillas pulled off impressive gymnastic-quality