Practical Parenting Strategies with Dr. Heller

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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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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