Practical Parenting Strategies

June 29, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Helping Children and Teens Use Commonly Available Tools to Be More Self-Sufficient

With the continued pandemic, most parents find themselves with their children and teens at home more than usual. In many instances, with balancing remote work and childcare responsibilities, it may be even more important than ever for children and teens to be more self-sufficient. Since you are probably busy and don’t have time to read […]

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May 22, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Making Weekend to Work Week Transitions Easier

Getting started with the work week on Monday mornings (or when the work week starts for you) can be tough and working from home can make it even more difficult. Here are a few strategies to help ease the transition: Put on work clothes or semi casual clothing, especially on the top half whether doing […]

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May 19, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: The Quarantine Sandwich Model for Productivity

The continued quarantine can be tough as it may seem like it is dragging on forever. If you feel like your morale is decreasing, consider these three strategies that is termed the quarantine sandwich. Find a new project or activity to do, especially one that excites you. Identify one thing that you should or need […]

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May 13, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: Organizing Your Life During Covid-19

For many parents, trying to float between work obligations, childcare, assisting kids with remote learning, and taking care of household items has been difficult. Adding to this is likely stress around the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, adjusting to new routines or lacking an effective one, not having sufficient time for self-care, and trying to […]

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May 5, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: What Are You Learning About Yourself During the Covid-19 Pandemic? How Are You Growing As A Person?

To some, this may seem like a strange question when your primary focus over the past eight plus weeks has been trying to cope as effectively as possible and stay afloat with work, childcare/remote learning, financially, and keep everyone in your family healthy. In fact, this may even appear to be beyond the scope of […]

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April 28, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: Reducing Stress During Covid-19 Take Action Now!

There are many things that are likely causing stress for you right now due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Each person’s experiences of this situation are likely somewhat different, which means that the specific stressors are also going to be. For many people, the day-to-day activities of navigating remote work, childcare, and education in of themselves […]

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April 16, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: Keeping Kids Engaged in Online Therapy/Coaching and Other Remote Sessions

As a psychologist who specializes in ADHD/executive function issues (i.e., time management, organizational, task initiation trouble), helping children and teens stay focused and engaged during sessions is not something that is new to me. Many of the kids I work with like to be active and have trouble sitting still. With the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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April 13, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller; Licensed Psychologist

BLOG: When There’s a Pandemic, You Can’t Sweat the Small Stuff

It’s hard to argue with that statement, which my wife, Hope, reminded me of recently. We were discussing how little things with parenting that might get on our nerves such as being pestered for “one more episode” of a television show or a child throwing a fit about being out of their favorite kind of […]

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April 8, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: The Emotional Tug of War Between Remote Working and Time with Family During Covid-19

Prior to COVID-19, many adults went to a physical location for work while their children went to school. Thus, aside from parents of young children too little to attend school or those whose jobs or other obligations impeded their ability to be home in the evenings or on weekend, there was likely less emotional pull […]

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April 6, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: Navigating Remote Learning During COVID-19

The Covid 19 epidemic has rapidly altered the daily routine of the majority of Americans as well as others across a large part of the world. Montgomery County and the D.C. area as a whole is no different. One of the major changes in daily life for children, teens, and their parents, is the transition […]

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