Vulnerable Kids Go Back to School: 6 Things Caregivers Can Do BEFORE the First Day

Vulnerable Kids Go Back to School: 6 Things Caregivers Can Do BEFORE the First Day

It’s mid July and for many families, that means (gulp) considering back-to-school preparations. While all kids can benefit from these recommendations, for those with histories of depression, anxiety, and/or attention problems, these steps can be critical to preventing a life threatening escalation of symptoms.

Thankfully, there’s still time to do a few things that will make life a whole lot easier once the first day arrives:

13 Dangerous Messages from "13 Reasons Why"

13 Dangerous Messages from "13 Reasons Why"

My professional opinion? In the media there’s sometimes a fine line between working to “end the stigma” and romanticizing mental illness, but the controversial teen series “13 Reasons Why” isn’t one that walks that line. It crossed it from the day the ads first appeared: 

 

Hannah Baker: “I’m about to tell you the story of my life – more specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to this tape, you’re one of the reasons why.”

Functional vs. Verbal Validation

The ability to validate is crucial to making and maintaining relationships. Validation expresses to another person that we hear them, they matter, and they aren't crazy. It's a skill that must be taught as, unfortunately, some of us think we are super validators, yet we often stick our foots in our  mouths and do just the opposite.  

Parent Right #4: You have the right to be unfair.

Parent Right #4: You have the right to be unfair.

One of my main jobs as a Clinical Psychologist these days is to continuously remind parents that they, not their children, are in charge. I say this explicitly, both in person and while coaching parents over the phone. I actually get paid for that. You can blame the now defunct "child-centered parenting" movement of the 1960's for that last part.