Posts by Della Pope

Supporting Your Tween With the Transition to Middle School

It’s that time of year already – Fifth Graders are finishing up their last few weeks of elementary school. Summer is coming and then after…Middle School! Helping tweens with this transition can be daunting for parents. Perhaps, as the parent of an up and coming middle schooler,  you can relate to these challenges: Middle School…

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How to Support Your Burned-out Teen

I am seeing more and more tired, stressed, and even burned-out teens in my office lately. It could be due to the time of year (Spring Break feels so far away still), societal expectations, or maybe it’s just life. Whatever the reason, burn-out is real for teens. And there are ways to help. How do…

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Homesick Tween or Teen: 8 Ways Parents Can Help

It’s that time of year already, time to make summer plans. Maybe you find yourself sitting with your hand hovering over the ‘submit’ button on the Sleepaway camp registration form–do you do it? Will your child just survive the two weeks (and then add it to a list of things they will NEVER do again)…

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Must Read Parenting Books In 2024

Anyone who knows me knows that I love taking an evidence-based approach to just about anything–parenting being one of them. I have a stack of books on my bedside table, many of which fit into the genre of ‘Parenting Books.’ I read them for guidance both as a mom and as a therapist supporting parents.…

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Teens and the Holidays: Keeping It Special

As the parent of two teens, I’m finding it challenging to make the holidays special. I realized this when we were packed into the car a few weeks ago, ready to go to an annual holiday Christmas Lights event. “We don’t want to go look at the lights, mom!” came a desperate appeal from my…

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EMDR Can Help Teens With Stress

What Do Veterans and Teens Have in Common? Both benefit from EMDR EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. It is the top mental health treatment recommended by the Veterans Affairs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD). Studies also demonstrate its effectiveness with developmental trauma caused by difficult…

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Building Positive Mental Health With Your Tween or Teen

Like many parents, I feel lucky if I get a response that’s more than “fine,” or “normal, just a normal day,” when my three boys – ages seven, 11 and 14 – arrive home from school, and I ask them how it all went.  Yet more often than not, hunger, tiredness, disappointment, or something else…

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