Practical Parenting Strategies

January 27, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

BLOG: Transitioning from Helicopter Parent to Air Traffic Controller Parenting Style

The term helicopter parent has been around for quite awhile with the current generation of children, teens, and young adults. Essentially, it refers to parents who micromanage their children in most aspects of their life. Parents do this for different reasons or a combination of them. Some do it because their children or teens have […]

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November 21, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Dr. Carey Heller

Blog: New Quarter/Mid Semester Academic Check-In

With the second quarter now underway in Montgomery County Public Schools and the semester about half over in most schools operating under a semester system, it is a good time to check in with your child or teen and evaluate how the school year is going. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and […]

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May 4, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Benefits of Using the Summer to Improve Academic Functioning

“My child didn’t have a great school year. I guess there’s nothing I can do now about it, but hopefully in the fall, with tutoring, executive functioning coaching, or whatever supports are needed, he will do better. Or, maybe I will see if next year is better and seek help then if needed.” These thoughts […]

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April 19, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Incorporating Relaxation Tools into Daily Life that Work for You

Many children, teens, and even adults hear terms like “mindfulness” and “deep breathing” offered as solutions to calm down in the moment and feel more relaxed in general. Many schools incorporate mindfulness activities into their routine. At the same time, unless someone receives a formal lesson on what to do, children, teens, and adults may […]

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March 9, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Navigating Sibling Conflicts During the Teen Years

Sibling rivalry or conflict is not anything new. When kids are young, it is very common for them to have conflicts with their siblings. At that age, it is often about insignificant things (i.e., he touched me, he looked at me funny). As children transition into the adolescent years, this type of sibling conflict often […]

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January 9, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Give Your Child/Teen Ownership in Their Life to Promote Independence

The majority of parents have the ultimate goal (whether they consciously think about it or not) of raising children who will ultimately be independent and successful on their own as adults. At the same time, parents often find themselves with the dilemma of how much to help their children/teens with things so that they get […]

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October 16, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

October is ADHD Awareness Month

Do You Know How ADHD Truly Impacts People and What Treatments Are Available? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5) that is characterized by deficits in attention (i.e., trouble staying focused, being forgetful, making careless mistakes). In addition, many individuals experience trouble with hyperactivity […]

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July 20, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Integrating Systems into Daily Life that Promote Good Executive Function Skills in Children and Teens

Executive functioning is a term that has become used in popular culture within the past few years with increasing frequency. This term refers to a set of mental processes that are used in planning, organizing, getting started, following through, and completing tasks. Attention and working memory skills are also connected to this. Another way to […]

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February 11, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Helping Your Teen Develop their Optimal Work Life Balance in Adulthood

Parents probably vary to some degree in their views on what an optimal work/life balance is. For some, it means being home for dinner every night and not working on the weekends. For others, it involves a strong work ethic, many long hours, and enjoying one’s job. Many teens participate in after school activities and […]

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November 19, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Making the Most of Your Child’s Sick Day

With fall in full swing now, the rates of children getting sick and having to miss school are increasing. While most people do not like getting sick, and parents especially tend to dislike days where their children are too sick to attend school, here are some suggestions to make the most of a sick day […]

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