Stephanie Brill of Gender Spectrum, an organization that works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens, joins The Juniper Center Thrive Live to discuss the stories and language around gender and how that impacts families and parents. Some Takeaways from Stephanie Brill of Gender Spectrum Let’s let everyone be who […]
Did anyone secretly wish there would be a magic switch that would flip at midnight on December 31? Yay…2020 is FINALLY over! So much happened in 2020, surely the new year would bring new energy. However, as we had barely cleaned up the celebratory confetti, people around the globe saw the violent attack on the […]
A sleuth is someone looking for facts. Not feelings. For older kids, especially teenagers, they may relate better to being a good journalist or a reporter. Whatever you call it, being able to stick to the facts and look at what’s really happening is critical. When I originally wrote this article, much earlier this […]
Two moms talk about when and how to talk to their children at different ages and stages, about avoiding drug and alcohol abuse. Especially effective when one of the moms is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Supervisor Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor.
Your pre-teen and teenaged children are getting very adept at pushing your buttons. That’s a natural part of their process to separate from you as they age. Dr. Jacquot shares tips on keeping your cool as your pre-teens and teens (seemingly) delight in testing you.
in a past “Mom to Mom,” Dr. Jacquot talked about how important it is to know your teenage kids’ friends. Here she shares some tips on how to do that, by making your house “the cool house” where everyone wants to hang out. And by “cool” she means unobtrusively supervised. Parenting Teens: How Make Your […]
How much screen time is too much? How do you create a “people first” culture in your home? Dr. Margo Jacquot, PsyD gives advice on creating “screen free zones” in the house, respecting that phones do have a good side, and making peace at home.
It seems like just when the stakes get high– with talk of sex and drugs …your kids are turning to their peers instead of you for advice. Dr. Margo Jacquot, Psy.D. gives three things you can do to stay calm and support your budding pre-teen and teenager.
School is back in session. And, perhaps you’ve already had your first morning struggle with a child not wanting to go to school. Seems like anxiety and depression is growing in youth and adolescents. What are signs for you as a parent to look for to know if your child might be struggling. Maybe […]
Why does it seem like our darling, sweet, cherub children turn into someone unrecognizable on the eve of their 12th birthday? There’s brains are going through amazing, completely normative change. And they are likely a little scared, too. Here’s how you can help them grow. Watch the video now.
It’s no secret that Vaping has become a crisis in the US. Originally “hyped” as a “healthier” alternative to smoking, illnesses and even deaths are happening across the country, caused by vaping. Teens are at the highest risk–peer pressure may increase use and that youthful sense of invulnerability convinces them “it’s not a big deal. […]
It’s that time of year where sons and daughters pack up their lives and move to campus. For many first-time parents, or even parents whose kids have left for school before, the transition of having your child leave home is devastating. We birth them, watch them take their first steps, wipe their tears, see them […]
Waiting for your therapy appointment shouldn’t be a cause for anxiety. That’s one reason why Ari Groner, LCSW at The Juniper Center, wanted to create a space just for younger clients. The new Youth Lounge at The Juniper Center is less like a doctor’s office, and more like a cool space to hang out. New […]
When we first came to Juniper Center my husband was dealing with depression and anxiety. As a result he lost his job and was very withdrawn from the family. Then, as the communication at home broke down, I knew it was time for us to seek help. After so many years of being together I […]
By Ann Tharayil, LCSW, The Juniper Center Some of the most sage wisdom on healthy relationships can be found in the teachings of 12 step programs for those in recovery from behavioral issues. Over my years as a therapist, I have shared 12 step wisdom with clients again and again, drawing from Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon […]
By Ann Tharayil, LCSW, The Juniper Center Have you ever felt like your sweet cherub of a child suddenly is having a strange reaction to you? Did it coincide with the day they became a teenager? My feelings about this were affirmed in an article I read on parenting teens from the New York Times. […]
By Ann Tharayil, LCSW, The Juniper Center The other day my 13-year-old son approached me and said, “Okay, mom. Don’t freak out. But here is the plan the guys are making. So just sit down right here and let me explain.” I had to laugh. It was a good approach and it also […]