From a counseling perspective, leisure activities have been proven to increase quality of life by decreasing stress, isolation, and depression. Exposure to new recreation activities can replace other negative coping skills such as drug use and self-harm. Kids who participate in summer programs often embrace new leisure skills that they can continue for the rest of their lives. Many children, some of who struggled to build friendships prior, return to school with new friends whom they have met over the summer through these programs.

From a mom perspective, I know that planning summer activities...

Throughout my time working with youth as a therapist, I’ve seen first hand how difficult it can be for many to thinking positively.  There’s a discussion tool of journal prompts that I often use to begin sessions.  These prompts focus on the positive things that have recently happened in their lives and things they like about themselves.  I continue to be surprised by the amount of youth who have a difficult time answering (and may even be embarrassed) talking positively about themselves.  Why is that?  Is it because he/she tends to focus on the negative?  That he/she doesn't have anyone in th...

The school routine is now formed, hopefully with minimal worry and tears and not too many forgotten lunches or snacks!  We are busy reviewing homework, signing forms, making sure each child is where they need to be, fed and in bed at a reasonable time.  Our lives are consumed with the hurry up and do it.  I need to go here or there.  At some point, it’s inevitable: someone will get sick and life has to slow down, at least for a few moments.  This is just what happened to me the last week and a half.  First it was a stomach ache and feeling wiped out and then it was a nasty cold.  How fitting t...

Children go through many physical and emotional changes into their early adulthood.  Many of these changes are natural and can be dealt with by open discussion and support from parents, teachers and friends.  A few examples may be: starting a new school, a divorce, or a family move.  Oftentimes your child’s behavior is a sign they need help right away - an eating disorder, cutting, suicidal thoughts or attempts.  

As a parent who is wondering if they should get help for their child, there are a few helpful guidelines that can lead your decision.

  1. Has your child’s behavior chang...

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Blog: Angie Schneider, MA, LPC-IT, BSW

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