In the last 48 hours, our California communities have been thrown into survival mode as they race to protect the people, animals, and structures they cherish. As families leave their homes for safe shelter or stay monitoring media updates with bags packed, parents are wondering how this will impact their children. Napa and Folsom Child Wellness owner, Dr. Kirsten Kuzirian is sharing the following tips for parents that can be used during an ongoing crisis or in the aftermath.Read More
The American Psychological Association has released these tips for parents with questions about discussing race and culture with their children. This tip sheet has suggestions for children of all ages.Read More
Napa & Folsom Child Wellness created this family friendly guide to help you in your search for the best therapist for your child. Our recommendations are based on multiple studies done by the American Psychological Association, examining what therapist qualities make for the most effective treatment outcomes.Read More
It is really never too young to start and parents are pleased to find that they are already doing a lot of this every day. So if you thought I was going to tell you to roll out the baby yoga mat and invest in a meditation soundtrack you may be pleasantly surprised to find how simple it is to create the foundation for a mindful person in your already busy schedule.
Here are 5 ways to start investing in mindfulness for your toddler (and your entire family) . . .Read More
How much time is your family spending in front of a screen each day? Do you have the nagging feeling that it is too much or more than you would like? Whether this has been on your radar or not, it's absolutely worth spending a few moments taking inventory of your family's habits. If you decide there may be a problem, we have some ideas for that too!Read More
Have you been putting off discussing body boundaries with your child? Don't stress yourself out trying to create a full-blown presentation. Use our list to find a book that will help guide you and your family through this extremely important conversation.Read More
A colleague shared this article and I found it to highlight the extremely important conversation all parents must have with their children to help prevent sexual abuse. Please read and have this discussion multiple times with your family.
When a child is getting support but there are still unanswered questions and concerns it is time to look deeper. A psychologist uses a psychoeducational evaluation to formulate specific answers and recommendations.Read More
As a child psychologist, one of the first things I ask clients is, how much sleep is everyone in the family getting? Without a proper night's rest adults are crabby, distracted and less likely to follow through on healthy habits and goals. Lack of sleep makes the constant problem-solving and patience needed as parents difficult to muster. If children don't get enough sleep they are grumpy, don't eat well, and have a very hard time regulating their emotions. Paying attention in school and staying on task is hard enough, without sleep it will feel impossible. So when there is a concern about behavior or school performance it is important to check on quality of sleep first.Read More
Summer is winding down and your family is probably anticipating going back to school. Here is a check list to get started on now- so that when the first day of school rolls around your child is ready to get the most out of the school year!Read More