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Sunday, September 27, 2020
How to Get Your Child the Mental Health Care They Need

How to Get Your Child the Mental Health Care They Need

“Marie” had been helping her 10-year-old navigate an escalating pattern of acting out against himself and his family when things came to a head in one of his therapy sessions. He threatened to hurt himself, and “the provider advised us to take him to the emergency room,” says Marie, a 50-year-old writer in Pennsylvania who…
Finally, Our Kids Are Bored

Finally, Our Kids Are Bored

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It’s good for kids to be bored. I know this, you know this, most of us know this. We were bored as kids, roaming the neighborhood with our friends, our imaginations and a distinct lack of electronic devices. We believe this boredom is at least partly responsible for the creativity and resilience we developed as…
Try the ‘Wet Cat’ Technique to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety

Try the ‘Wet Cat’ Technique to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety

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Photo: ShutterstockThere’s plenty of anxiety to go around these days, and unfortunately, it’s not only reserved for the grown-ups in the home. Kids can get anxious in even the best of times, let alone when they’re stuck at home in the middle of a pandemic, distanced from their friends and trying to keep up with…
Tears, Anxiety, Desperation: When Patients Learn They Tested Positive

Tears, Anxiety, Desperation: When Patients Learn They Tested Positive

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Dr. Caroline Schulman, a third-year resident at George Washington University Hospital, calls patients every day to give them their test results. She describes the experience.
If You’re Struggling to Parent Right Now, You’re Not Alone

If You’re Struggling to Parent Right Now, You’re Not Alone

Photo: ShutterstockI was going to write a post about how to help your little kids burn off all that cooped-up energy that is emanating out of them right now—and I still will—but I needed to press pause on the hacks for a second to tell you something important: If you’re struggling, it’s okay. If you’re…
How to keep your sanity when you feel like the world is going crazy

How to keep your sanity when you feel like the world...

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Enlarge / We here at the Ars Orbiting HQ are used to working from home, but even so our feline and canine coworkers are perhaps the only ones not feeling socially distanced these days. Getty / Aurich Lawson Hi there. How are you feeling today? It's a loaded question right now. Many of us are…
Take This Free Parenting Workshop to Survive the Weeks at Home

Take This Free Parenting Workshop to Survive the Weeks at Home

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Photo: ShutterstockIt has been a week. Schools across the country have shut down—some for the rest of the school year—to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Parents have been scrambling all week to work from home or find child care or set up schedules that kind of, sort of resemble a school day. It…
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

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Photo: Shutterstock“If even ONE student in my ENTIRE school gets sick with the coronavirus, they’re going to call off school for EVERYONE,” my nine-year-old son announced to me the other day. “Why is everyone talking about this so much?” He’s right on both accounts—they will probably close his school (even if a student doesn’t test…
How to Balance Parenting and Elderly Caregiving

How to Balance Parenting and Elderly Caregiving

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Illustration: Chelsea BeckMy cell phone sits in the kitchen next to my wife’s, as I play on the floor with Ella, my two-year-old. My wife is upstairs supervising bath time for Layla, our 9-year-old. I don’t notice the phone vibrating on the quartz countertop, but in the space of 25 minutes, it has rung 13…
How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental Health Disorder?

How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental...

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Photo: ShutterstockParental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.Mental health continues to be one of the most-requested topics readers ask me to cover both in the Parental Advisory advice column and in other more general posts. So…

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