Blog for Better Living

Back to School, Back to Routine: The Cost of Tech Addiction

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | August 31, 2018

The final weeks of summer are upon us. The sun is out, final vacations are being savored. We have the time and space to interact with the people around us. Weekend adventures and warm evenings prompt us to step outside to engage with the natural world. We noticeably “feel” better, healthier, and are consciously aware […]

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Children, Family, Parenting, Relationships, Teens

Talking to Your Child About Violence

By: Anke Reineke, Ph.D. | March 9, 2018

In the past weeks we have seen and heard a lot about violence in school. Such violence has an impact beyond the place where it happened. Violence in our world today is all around our kids, in the media, in our communities, and even in our schools. Our kids are exposed to unavoidable images and […]

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Anxiety, Children, Depression, Parenting, Stress, Teens

Talking Hot Topics with Kids

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | February 2, 2018

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you`ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it”. – Atticus Finch, To Kill A […]

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Children, Family, Parenting, Teens

Social Media Ruling Your Life?

By: Shireen Shahidi, Intern | January 19, 2018

In the 21st century, doesn’t it feel like we are constantly online? We never really have a break from social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. As a college student, I follow a wide variety of people on various social platforms, and personally am guilty of using these apps on a regular basis. […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Teens

Selfie Syndrome

By: Anke Reineke, Ph.D. | November 3, 2017

“Selfie” gained fame as a well-known word in our daily lives. Not only adults, but also more and more preteens and young children take endless selfies upon life’s every moments, which constantly change to display an enhanced version of themselves. They post and share these pictures on social media, chasing after ‘Likes’ and positive affirmation. […]

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Children, Parenting, Teens

Understanding Adolescence

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | August 4, 2017

At this time in my life, I have parents around me with young children in the 2-to-4 year-old range. I’ve been taken by their trials and tribulations while raising increasingly independent beings. I chuckle at the term “threenager,” which describes the emotional and behavioral challenges of that particular age group. When talking with those parents, […]

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Children, Parenting, Teens

Protecting Our LGBTQ+ Youth

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | July 7, 2017

Growing up is hard to do! For all of us, especially adolescents and young adults, exploring who we are, what we want in life, and our friendships and intimate relationships are especially important. It’s not always easy navigating our independence with what our parents and family members may expect or want for us. But, when […]

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Bullying, Depression, Parenting, Relationships, Teens

Helping Teens Cope with Social Anxiety

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | October 21, 2016

Adolescence is a time of uncertainty and change. It is a period of adjustment when children develop autonomy; learn more about themselves and transition into young adulthood. It’s natural for teens feel self-conscious, nervous or shy in font of others during this time. Many teens experience a racing heart, sweaty palms or fluttering stomach during […]

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Anxiety, Mindfulness, Stress, Teens

Ready for College! Are you ready?

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | May 5, 2016

You’ve put so much intensity, energy, and focus into preparing for college by studying for the SAT’s, taking AP classes and visiting schools. Now comes the most important part of the preparation process…making the transition between high school and college. Taking time to create a plan for the Four Core Components of College Readiness will […]

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Anxiety, Stress, Teens