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When you have a child or teen who is experiencing depression, anxiety, substance use or any other condition impacting their mental health, it’s often hard to find the time to take care of your own needs. But it’s extremely important that you don’t let guilt or shame stop you from focusing on your physical and emotional health. “Many parents or other caretakers think that they should put all of their energy...

Although we’re in the so-called “dog days” of summer, there is still plenty of time to bring your kids outside to get a healthy dose of sunshine. And autumn, just around the corner, is also a perfect season to explore the outdoors with your kids. Studies reveal many benefits of making nature a central part of your child’s world. Among them: an increase in self-esteem and resilience against stress, depression and...

Just a few months after celebrating six years of sobriety, singer Demi Lovato recently relapsed, overdosing on drugs, possibly opioids. As of this writing, she is hospitalized and, though expected to make a full recovery, still in serious condition. The misuse of prescription medications such opioids has been a top concern for parents in recent years. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, prescription drugs are misused and...

Note: In honor of Minority Mental Health Month, this week’s blog talks about North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s Latina Girls Project. Any parent of a teenager knows that the adolescent years can be challenging, and they aren’t alarmed when their kids exhibit a healthy dose of moodiness and angst. But for some young people, feelings of desperation and sadness can become overwhelming, and that’s when North Shore Child &...

And how to help if your child is afraid of the water With summer in full swing, your kids have likely been spending time at a pool or at the beach. Lately there have been some tragic stories about children losing their lives to drowning. A recent Newsday article shared the frightening statistic that double the amount of boys than girls drown in water accidents, likely because of the types of...

There’s no doubt about it. We are living in contentious, anxious and uncertain times. One can only wonder what young people think of the endless parade of public figures—government officials, businessmen, entertainers, professional athletes—screaming and cursing and crashing and burning before their eyes. Perhaps F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best when he wrote: "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy." And, although the atmosphere seems more anxiety-producing...

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Fourth of July festivities? For many, a barbeque or a swim in the pool or ocean makes the day special. For others, fireworks are the main attraction. (For more information on summer safety from the National Safety Council, click here.) But fireworks can create a lot of anxiety in some children. What can you do if your child is...

Summer has finally arrived, and for many children and teens that means it’s time to head off to camp. Long Island is loaded with camps from Manhasset to Montauk, from traditional day camps where the focus is on fun (think swimming, arts & crafts and sports) to academic camps that help teens learn skills that will help them prepare for college, as well as their college applications. Of course, there...

By Andrew Malekoff This past fall,  North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center hosted psychotherapist, author and parenting expert Sean Grover for a workshop titled “When your child relates better to screens than human beings.” As tech-dependence increases, many kids move through the world in a self-centered bubble, separated from their own thoughts and feelings, and the thoughts and feelings of others. As conversation skills and positive interactions crumble, technology even...

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s a good time to look at the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. In our culture, as in most, we tend to focus on the mother-child bond as primary, but fathers play just as important a role in the emotional well-being of their offspring. Sociologist Dr. David Popenoe, one of the pioneers in the field of research into...