Official line: I am a clinical health psychologist who specializes in stress management, and the importance of maintaining ‘self’ as a parent. Over the past ten years, I focused on the impact of stress on kids, parents, and families….which lead me to TREAT, TEACH, WRITE, and SPEAK on these issues. I see individuals and families at Boston Behavioral Medicine. I teach at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Child Advocacy, Group Counseling, and Cross-Cultural Counseling. I am also a Clinical Supervisor and Teacher in Boston Behavioral Medicine’s Psychology Training Program. I regularly write on these issues – I blog for Psychology Today (Perfectly Imperfect Parenting: Psychologically Sensitive Approaches to Raising Independent and Emotionally Durable Kids), I write for Thrive Global, I am an ‘Expert’ on NBC News’ Parenting website, and I often publish on large mainstream sites and have been featured in Scary Mommy, Mind Body Green, The Boston Globe, NBC News' Education Nation, The Milton Times, , Psychology Today, Thrive Global, Parents Magazine, Parent Co., and Mamapedia, to name a few. And, I speak to schools and organizations about the importance of managing stress and anxiety, how to shift the culture in which we parent, and what that actually means for parents and kids at home.
The bottom line: Stressed parents raise stressed kids. Stressed kids create a stressed culture. A stressed culture in turn creates stressed parents...and the cycle repeats, serving nobody. Let’s refocus on how we contribute to the culture of increasing stress and anxiety, and shift the way we parent to: 1) make it more enjoyable for everyone, and 2) to raise healthier, independent, and emotionally durable kids ready to face the world.