Tips to Talk to Your Kids about Therapy

Even though their mom was a therapist, my kids complained when they were little about seeing one. Looking back, I completely own that I probably didn’t present the whole thing very well. Ok I know I didn’t, because they thought they were the only ones who needed it (SO not true) and that it did...

5 Lessons from the College Admissions Scandal

As I read about the college admission scandal, I find myself filled with equal parts of anger and sadness. So much so that I felt compelled to write this. I’m angry with the parents and the broken system, and I’m sad for the kids, many of whom had no idea their parents were engaging in...

5 Ways to Show Up

My son is learning to drive. Talk about anxiety! his is one of those situations where I really have to be aware of my verbal and nonverbal communication. If I’m not aware of my words and actions, the driving lesson is a disaster. For example, if I’m worried he’s going to hit the curb, I’ll...

When Being Right Isn’t Right

I don’t know about you, but my kids never miss an opportunity to tell me what I’ve done wrong. They remind me that I “didn’t like their haircut enough 11 years ago” (this just happened at Thanksgiving dinner) or how I “freaked out” when they left the yogurt machine running on vacation (hello! Yogurt was...

When Halloween Actually Scares Kids

I recently wrote an article for Northeast Ohio Parent outlining 7 tips for when Kids are legitimately scared of Halloween. I’d like to expand upon that here, because a question I’m often asked is “What’s the difference between worry and anxiety — and why does it matter?” Great question, moms and dads! To answer you,...

The ABCs of OCD

On Monday, we discussed the basics of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children. I thought it might be helpful to also share this quick, ten-second breakdown. The O is for Obsessive. An obsession is an intrusive thought, which is highly distressing, that causes the child to feel worried, anxious, disgusted or just “not right.” The C...

Ask Joanna: OCD in Children

Fall has arrived! For those of us in Northeast Ohio, we look forward to the cooler temps, apple picking and pumpkin carving! We also look forward to the nationally recognized OCD Week. Ok, admittedly, only a select few of us look forward to that last one. The reason I look forward to it is because...

5 Tips for a Successful School Drop-Off

It’s that time of year again! Kids are back in school. Whether you’re dropping your child off for the first time or the seventh, the back-to-school anxiety can be overwhelming. (I get it — I have three children of my own.) Do you want to know the secret to success? Put your child in charge....

Ask Joanna: A Therapist’s Advice on School Anxiety

My child had a lot of anxiety at school, but is much better now that it’s summer. Does that mean I should homeschool? I don’t think school is the problem. I think your child’s anxiety is the real bully here.  It’s likely that something in the school environment made your child nervous. For the sake...

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