Practical Parenting Strategies

November 25, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Tips for Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

SJ’s Strategies for Thanksgiving During a Pandemic Thanksgiving this year is likely to look a lot different for many people. Here are a few tips for making the most of it: Keep up traditions as much as possible and translate ones into virtual versions as feasible. This may help create some feelings of normalcy. Add […]

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

Blog: It’s Never to Early to Help Your Child Be More Independent With Keeping Track of Their Own Homework Assignments

With so many kids participating in distance learning, the question of at what age do you start giving your child some autonomy in keeping track of their assignments may be even more relevant. In this case, parents may also have even greater independent knowledge of what assignments their child should be working on from observing […]

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September 25, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: How to Evaluate if Your Child or Teen is Struggling with School or Virtual Learning

For those of you who have had your child or teen at home during distance learning, you may have had the opportunity to observe them in school in a way that you never would have gotten to do so otherwise. At the same time, this new insight may make you wonder if your child or […]

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September 15, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Setting up a Distance Learning Space and Modifying it as Needed

With the school year underway by now for virtually all students in the area, many parents have setup some sort of workspace for their child or teen. Whether you setup a very elaborate area or a simple desk or chair, here are a few recommendations on things to look for to decide if the setup […]

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August 24, 2020 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Blog: Weaving Executive Function Practice into Daily Life

Given that executive function skills (i.e., time management, organization, task initiation) are vital to successful functioning on a daily basis for children, adolescents, and adults, technically most people should by default be practicing using such skills on a regular basis. Nonetheless, for many children and teens, especially those who naturally struggle with these skills, they […]

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

Blog: With So Many Uncertainties, What Could You Be Doing Now to Prepare for School?

As the next school year draws near, so do the anxiety and uncertainties of what the school year will look like as well as how parents will navigate it. The uncertainties, likelihood of schedule changes during the school year (i.e., remote to hybrid model), and balancing childcare/remote learning assistance with a job, all factor into […]

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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.

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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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