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Dads get a bad rap: Insights into being a supportive father, despite what pop culture and societal stereotypes may say

Starting in the mid-20th century, father figures in pop culture, especially those portrayed on TV, have been characterized with negative attributes. Don’t be mistaken; there’s comedic gold to be mined from the blunders of characters like Bernie McCullough in “The Bernie Mac Show,” Hank Hill in “King of The Hill,”…

Anxious parents and resilient kids: A guide for stopping the cycle of parental anxiety

If you’re an anxious person familiar with catastrophizing, you can sometimes calm your fears about the future by asking yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Your answer to this question may shine a light on the irrational nature of your worries. According to British philosopher Bertrand Russell, you may…

Children of depressed parents suffer inadvertent effects—these mental health interventions can help

When we think about or discuss mental health topics such as depression, our minds tend to zero in on what the individual with the mental health condition is going through. But what about those closest to them—like their children? As a mental health condition that can leave sufferers feeling distant…

Post-pandemic parenting: Tips for socializing kids and encouraging personal growth in adolescents, teens

Just because the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be over, doesn’t mean  everything is back to normal. And if you’ve got children, you may be underestimating the ways in which virtual learning might’ve affected their social skills and sense of independence.  The development of socialization skills, along with…

What will back to school look like for your child? Understand the challenges your child will face and help them prepare for the new school year

As schools prepare to reopen in September, the uncertainty of what to expect raises a myriad of questions and feelings for parents and students alike. What will the procedures be like in schools? Will children be asked to wear masks and social distance? Will full classroom learning continue, or will…

LGBTQ+ teens feel depressed, worthless, and hopeless: They need more support in school and at home

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (or HRC Foundation) and the University of Connecticut conducted a vast survey of over 12,000 LGBTQ+ teens across the US, revealing prevalent mental health challenges among this group. They feel depressed, worthless, and hopeless—additionally, they face rejection and feel unsafe as well as unsupported. Survey…

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