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The Science of Being Thankful to Increase Happiness

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people will get through the holiday participating in their family traditions or creating new experiences. It is easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos of the holidays. Thanksgiving (and other holidays) may be enjoyable for you, as well. Despite how you spend your Thanksgiving, it can be an opportunity for experiencing even greater benefits than you might otherwise have by simply going through the motions and getting through the day. If you truly pause and identify what you are thankful for, your personal well-being and happiness can increase. Watch the video above to learn more.

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3 Ideas to Keep Kids Active in the Winter

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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The winter season can make staying physically active even more difficult. Kids (and adults) need to move around, use their bodies, and stay active. Doing so is good for the body physically, mentally, and emotionally. The cold and limited daylight can make it more difficult to get outside to run around, play sports, take walks, and do other fun outdoor activities. Here are some ways to help kids stay active in the winter months.

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3 Study Tips for Kids with ADHD

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

ADHD can make school a major challenge for many children who happen to have the diagnosis or even for those who present with ADHD-like symptoms but don’t necessarily have an official diagnosis. Not being able to remain focused on one task (especially one that may not be that interesting to the child), being easily distracted, being fidgety, and other characteristics of ADHD can make it difficult to fit into the average American school system. Not only can it be difficult to get through the school day, homework time can be a challenge, as well. Here are a few tips that you can use to help your child with ADHD (or symptoms of ADHD) to have a better experience and better outcomes with homework and studying.

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How to Raise a Confident Daughter

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

Raising Daughters; Encouraging natural, internal beauty

(Raising Daughters; Encouraging natural, internal beauty; Source: leandroviliel)

Raising a daughter in today’s society can be a challenge. There are more and more opportunities available for girls as compared to the past, but there are also mixed messages and new issues our girls are facing. With the relationship and guidance provided from a parent, a girl can achieve and do great things, living a life with confidence, inner strength, and contentment. In this article, I will be sharing with you some KEY methods for helping our daughters to have self-confidence, an important trait to living a fulfilling and joyful life.

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Play and the Brain

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

Here is a great video about the brain and play. It is important to incorporate truly playful activities into your everyday life. Life is so stressful, busy, and overwhelming at times but it is really helpful for your productivity, happiness, and overall well-being to incorporate play into your life whether you are an adult or child.

Truly be in the moment and enjoy even the little things.

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Helping the Emotional Child; Part 2: Managing Feelings in the Here-and-Now

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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Children need to be able to learn how to behave in emotionally-charged situations. When a particular feeling is experienced, children may react in many different ways.

Simple Kids describes children with good emotion regulation skills and children with not so healthy emotion regulation skills. (The following descriptions are authored by Simple Kids.)

Children with good emotional regulation skills:

  • Are able to experience, express and manage a range of emotions
  • Adjust well to transitions and new situations
  • Engage in appropriate behaviors in response to emotional situations
  • Show a high tolerance for frustration

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Helping the Emotional Child (and Adult)

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW
Emotional child with Stressed Parent/Mom

Emotional child with Stressed Parent/Mom

Every child, every person, is unique. Each child has their own unique personality, their own strengths, their own areas for growth, and their own particular character traits. Some children tend to be more laid back and adjust to changes more easily than others while other children tend to be more “higher maintenance” and can be quite sensitive in many different ways. Some children tend to be more emotional than others.

An “emotional child” may experience and express a variety of emotions more often and more intensely than other children. For instance, they may seem to get frustrated, irritated, overwhelmed, stressed, and/or possibly even happy, excited, or surprised more easily, more often, and with more behavioral indications of these emotions as compared to other children. The “emotional child” may experience all or just some of these emotions on a regular basis.

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ADHD & Low Self-Esteem: Helping Kids with ADHD Improve Self-Esteem

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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According to Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., Associate Editor at Psych Central, children with ADHD can experience low self-esteem. Some of the staple characteristics of ADHD include not being able to focus, not being able to complete tasks especially not in a timely manner, being distracted easily, and being impulsive. All of these traits can lead to adults and even sometimes other children becoming frustrated with the child with ADHD.

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Fostering Health & Wellness in the Introverted Child: Part 3: 3 Healthy Habits

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

Healthy habits for kids

As for everyone, having good habits is very beneficial for children who are introverts. Being an introvert tends to come with a higher need to have predictability, routine, control over one’s own life and environment or at least an ability to know what to expect in most situations.

Habits are important for introverts because not only can healthy habits promote positive health and well-being in introverts, but they can also help introverts to maintain optimal physical health, nutrition, and emotional and mental stability and positive functioning.

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Fostering Health & Wellness in the Introverted Child: Part 2: Control Vs. Cooperation

By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW

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A child’s level of introversion or extroversion can influence the parenting and care-taking they should receive. Parenting strategies and therapeutic techniques should be utilized with respect to the child’s personality and way of being; whether they tend to be an introvert or an extrovert, for example.

According to Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., of “The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World,” to enhance an introverted child’s mental and emotional well-being, parents should be cognizant of not parenting with an emphasis on having control. Instead, the well-being of introverted children is better enhanced when parents parent from the frame of cooperation. Extroverted children also benefit from parenting that involves cooperation rather than too much control. However, introverts and extroverts experience and respond to these parenting approaches differently.

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