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Thanksgiving is just days away, which means Christmas, Hannukah and other celebrations are not far behind!  The calendar at this time of year is typically loaded with gatherings of friends and family, where we get a chance to express our gratitude to those we love and have fun.  But with the pandemic still raging, holiday plans are anything but typical. While things will be different this year, that doesn’t mean they can’t still...

When a child breaks a leg or has acute stomach pain, you know where to go: the emergency room at your local hospital. But if your child is severely depressed or anxious and is talking about self-harm or suicide, where can you turn?  For the most part, trying to get a quick appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist is nearly impossible. “We have heard many stories of desperate parents seeking help for their...

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, when we honor all the brave men and women who have served our country. In addition, all of November is Military Family Appreciation Month, when families are recognized for their commitment and contributions in support of our military and nation. Our country is facing one of the most challenging times in our history, with social unrest, economic hardship and a deadly pandemic. Kids and adults alike are fearful that...

Tomorrow is International Stress Awareness Day, and if ever the world needed some stress reduction, it’s now. The pandemic is an ongoing global concern, especially with winter just around the corner.  With the U.S. nearing eight months of virus-related closures, all of us are understandably experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and depression. In addition, the holidays are just around the corner, and this year, the usual holiday stress is magnified by the...

Just one week from today, many Americans will be exercising their rights and heading to the polls—that is, if they haven’t already voted early or by mail. People on both sides of the aisle are calling this the most important election of our lifetimes. It may surprise you, but the reality is that, for a variety of reasons, many people opted not to vote in 2016. The Pew Research Center says...

Are your youngsters excited about the upcoming holiday? Halloween is a favorite time of year for most kids, but this year brings some new challenges.  No one wants to take the joy of this annual fest/feast away from kids. To help keep them safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out some smart guidelines on trick-or-treating and other Halloween events.  Mask Up but Mask Right! First, make sure that your...

Bullies have been around since time immemorial, but with the heightened tensions and anxieties in our country related to the virus, politics, racism and more, children and teens are experiencing an increase in conflict and bullying incidents. Bulling comes in four basic forms: Verbal bullying involves the use of spoken words, with the bully threatening or calling someone by degrading names. It may also involve the use of slurs toward family or friends...

As of the beginning of the 2020 school year, officials in both Nassau and Suffolk County have put organized school sports on hold. While opinions vary as to whether this is a good idea, what’s important for parents is knowing how you can support your children’s physical and mental well-being during this difficult time.  Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, was a multi-sport athlete during...

October marks the beginning of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, but if you’re thinking of adding a dog (or cat or other pet) to the family, adoption is a great way to go any time of year. You not only add a wonderful companion to your life, but also save a life. Many families have adopted animals during the pandemic, since they’ve had more time at home to spend with their...

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this week’s blog takes a look at our Latina Girls Project, which was created to respond to the alarming rate of depression, school refusal, self-harm, sexual abuse, suicidal ideation and attempted suicides by Hispanic teen girls. In her work as Associate Executive Director at the Guidance Center, Regina Barros-Rivera has counseled numerous teens who suffer from depression and anxiety. But nearly a decade ago, she...