May is Mental Health Month

Clearly, this is the most difficult mental health month on record. Many of us worry covid-19 mental health effects could be a pandemic as well. However, most children are likely to bounce back and could become more resilient if this is only short term. Teens will undoubtedly struggle more with the added stress. Much of our kids’ resiliency will be tied to the safety and security of their families. Our hope is this pandemic is short term. But it will affect kids in different ways and they will remember it differently depending on their age. I am here to help you, your children and teenagers become more resilient and develop stronger coping skills. Resiliency and coping skills to carry with them long after this pandemic is over.

Middle school is about lunch

Lydia Denworth’s excellent article synthesizing her book on our kids’ friendships and their neurobiology. Friendship is a more influential force for our kids than most of us realize. Brain research is proving friendships dramatic effects on such things as peer pressure, social buffering and the prevention or exacerbation of stress and mental health disorders.