Teachers: How to Answer Young Children’s Questions and Concerns About Stressful Community Events

Stressful events in the life of a child can include community stressors like the D.C. sniper shootings, our country making a declaration of war or a stock market crash. These community stressors impact the child based on how much they impact the child’s parents and how much information is being shared with the child, often … Continue reading Teachers: How to Answer Young Children’s Questions and Concerns About Stressful Community Events

What to Do When Your Child Says “I Don’t Wanna Go to School”

At some point, most children go through a phase of not wanting to go to school. For others, that push can ebb and flo for years. My younger daughter, Claire, has always had a difficult time going back after the Winter Break. There were tears in January throughout elementary school. Smooth, calm morning – I … Continue reading What to Do When Your Child Says “I Don’t Wanna Go to School”

Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conferences: For Parents AND for Teachers

For Parents: Before Consider your compliments, questions and concerns – It is nice to be able to greet your child’s teacher with something pleasant. Conferences are also a time to share your concerns about your child, the class or the school, and to ask any questions that you have. It’s best to be prepared. Take … Continue reading Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conferences: For Parents AND for Teachers

Please Don’t Worry About Labels or Early Services – Embrace Them

I work as a school and developmental psychologist at a few private schools and in my outside practice. In this role, there is a great deal of effort put into directing families to appropriate assessments and matching children with valuable services. While I understand a parent’s hesitation at the process (it’s big), and their worry … Continue reading Please Don’t Worry About Labels or Early Services – Embrace Them