Postpartum in a Pandemic: You Are Not Alone

Postpartum in a Pandemic: You Are Not Alone

Postpartum in a Pandemic: You Are Not Alone

In March 2020, I gave birth to my second child. Ten days later, Michigan shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak that had recently been declared a pandemic. During my pregnancy, I gave much consideration to expectations and hopes for…

Helping Children with ADHD Thrive During Remote Learning

Helping Children with ADHD Thrive During Remote Learning

Parenting from home during the COVID-19 school year is extremely challenging—especially if you have a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)! Children with ADHD struggle to keep their attention focused and their behavior within appropriate limits, and this is…

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

By Bob VandePol, MSW The pandemic and all the ensuing uncertainty and disruption in our lives, communities and globally has fueled a surge of individuals reporting depression symptoms. Some surveys report as many as three times more than in a…

8 Tips for Learning at Home During COVID-19

8 Tips for Learning at Home During COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty, families and teachers are struggling to help children learn at home. Many kids and adults are struggling with self-regulation, finding it difficult to stay motivated and focused on schoolwork without the structure of the classroom….

Psychological First Aid: Helping Children Better Manage Stress

Psychological First Aid: Helping Children Better Manage Stress
No school, no church, no playdates with friends, no summer vacation trips…life has been and continues to be extremely stressful for everyone—including children. Adults can often identify what is stressful in their life and talk about it. Children, on the...

Advice For Families Anxious About Reopening: Maranda Interview with Dr. Greg Mallis

Advice For Families Anxious About Reopening: Maranda Interview with Dr. Greg Mallis

Dr. Mallis suggests families go at their own speed with going back out in public. Whether it be going to your favorite restaurant and sitting outside, going to the John Ball Zoo or Craig’s Cruisers, or even just going to the beach. It’s important that you take the steps that are most comfortable to you and your family when trying to regain some normalcy in your lives.

Tough Economic Times: Lessons From the Tank

Tough Economic Times: Lessons From the Tank

By Bob VandePol, MSW COVID-19 challenges many areas of our lives in many frightening ways. It threatens the health and safety of ourselves and loved ones, forced us into social isolation and resulted in radical shifts in education and work….