The current situation with Ebola is very scary to think about, but there is nothing we can do about it. Our job as parents is to help our children deal with worrisome information by understanding how they think and process information at this formative time in their lives, and by giving them information they need to manage their thoughts and worries. Read More
In my practice, I often discuss technology and media and I teach the need to monitor it for ourselves and for our children. If you or your child is prone towards anxiety and worry (The Worry Monster), the news and media will only serve to grease the tracks for worry and anxiety and fear about all the bad things that “may” happen and “could” happen in the future. Beware! Read More
During the teen years, successful parenting means letting your teenagers know that you have empathy for their experience, that you’ve been there yourself, and that the anxieties and issues that arise are a normal part of growing and being human.
There are few things that are certain in our world, and one of them is change. Change is inevitable and so too is our kids (and us) growing up (and old). Even if we are aware of this reality, no matter how hard you try to hold on to the moment, it seems to surprise us when it happens. Read More
May is Mental Health Month and today I welcome guest Stephen Shore. Stephen has been traveling internationally lecturing about autism and education most recently to Russia and Morocco. He is on the spectrum and also does very impactful work with autism and music. Read More
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I interviewed Dr. Catharine Alvarez so that she could share her perspective on autism and anxiety as an adult on the autism spectrum. We hear primarily about children and teens with autism, and it's so important to hear the voices of adults who experience autism themselves. Read More
Did you know that an autism diagnosis often always includes the need for anxiety management? In honor of Autism Awareness Month (April), I'm discussing strategies for parents with children on the autism spectrum and how they can conquer worry and anxiety. Read More
When I talk to audiences, I see different responses from parents. Some folks are listening and engaged and others are nodding. Others look at me with wide eyes and an intense stare —these are the parents who realize for the first they have had a lifetime of worry and fear like their child and are now just learning this fact. It's a powerful moment. Read More
One of the biggest issues parents face is teaching their children to deal with normal everyday fears and worries—issues that we all face. Providing a toolbox of coping strategies is one way to turn your worrier into a warrior—my favorite is Building A Success Ladder. Read More
My wife and I took our three children to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles to see the Anne Frank exhibit. Why? Because my oldest daughter is studying Anne Frank in school, we are Jewish, and...it was time. Read More
As a psychologist, I have been drawn towards Eastern philosophies of thinking and meditative techniques associated with present moment living. I am often asked what is the single most effective way to manage worry and anxiety. My experience is to stay in the present. Read More
The lyrics to Eminem's popular song MONSTER tell his story — about what the worry monster whispers to him and how he deals with his own OCD by becoming "friends with the monster....under [his] bed." In 2014, let's applaud Eminem for showing all ages that they are not alone in feeling worried and scared.