How to build your child’s resilience

Resilient children bounce back in the face of setbacks and difficulties. While adults often assume that childhood is a carefree and happy period of life, the reality is that children experience stress too. Though they don’t have the responsibilities that lead to stress for adults, they have to cope with friendship fall-outs, changing schools, taking…

Red flags of disordered eating in your teenager

Imagine your worst fear… It might seem silly to some, but food can represent a terrifying feat to others… Eating Disorders are extremely serious, complex patterns of behaviour that are often viewed with stigma and superficial understanding.   Eating Disorders have the highest rates of mortality amongst the mental health disorders and affect 1 in…

Getting Ready for High School

Transitioning from primary to high school is often an exciting and nerve wracking time for children and parents alike. High school is often a different social, academic and behavioural landscape with new expectations and challenges. Fortunately High Schools often prepare students for this in their first few weeks and make the transition easier however as…

How to Manage First Day Separation Anxiety

The first day of school is an important milestone for both children and parents and is often met with excitement and delight. It’s also natural for children (and parents) to feel anxious about saying goodbye, and tears and tantrums at school drop-off time are not uncommon.   For children, not knowing what to expect is…

OCD: Breaking the Myths

Often when I hear people talk about OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) they are usually making reference to anal retentiveness, having to order things in specific ways or being overly clean. People will say “I am so OCD about…” such and such. But what really is OCD? What is the clinical disorder that I see torture…