Synergy Psych Blog

Gratitude

Gratitude

As we move into summer and decompress from the busyness and chaos of the school year, new challenges begin to arise. Instead of worrying about school schedules and deadlines, we now may worry about planning activities, vacations, and making this the “best summer...

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Summer Lovin’

Summer Lovin’

It’s almost that time of year again when school winds down and we all take stress-free vacations, get beautiful tans, don’t have to worry about any school work, all the kids get along, and cell phones no longer exist…don’t you wish! As summer approaches, we want to...

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It Starts with Breakfast

It Starts with Breakfast

A recent study published by the University of Missouri’s Center for Body Image Research and Policy suggests that there may be a link between positive body image and frequency of children eating breakfast with their parents. The research found that eating breakfast...

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Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

The all-too-familiar sound of your alarm welcomes you into another day with its early morning wake-up call. Let’s not forget about fatigue. She loves to sneak in her two cents along with the alarm. You hit the alarm but resist the urge to do so aggressively because the latest iPhone was not cheap and the Lord knows you don’t want to take a trip to the Apple Store.

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Seeing Anxiety Through a Different Lens

Seeing Anxiety Through a Different Lens

Too often we throw around the word anxiety, associating it with so many different situations, feelings, thoughts, and possibilities, that the word itself seems to have lost some meaning and at the same time is ever present and scary. What is anxiety? What does it mean? And why does it seem to be so frequent in our society?  These are all good questions, with answers that may seem surprising to some.

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Supporting Healthy Body Image

Supporting Healthy Body Image

“Have you gained weight?” I remember being 15 years old and hearing my father ask me this as I sat down my messenger bag full of that weekend’s homework assignments. I honestly do not even remember my response, but what I do remember is the pit that formed in my stomach and the internal thought, “It’s true, I really do look heavier,” that restlessly paced through my brain.

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Glued to the Phone

Glued to the Phone

Social media and the Internet are discussed, utilized, and examined by most children, teens, and adults on a daily basis.  According to the Pew Research Center (2015), 92% of teens go online daily and 71% of teens use more than one social media or networking site. Studies also show that girls spend more time on social media sites, whereas boys spend more time playing video games. It is important to note that smart phones allow children and teens easy and almost instant access to the Internet and social media sites.

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The Value of Practice

The Value of Practice

Practice makes perfect … well, maybe not quite perfect, but it sure helps! You wouldn’t send your child into a soccer game, tennis match, or ballet recital without first learning the skills of the game or rehearsing the part.

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Helping Children Believe They can Succeed

Helping Children Believe They can Succeed

Every parent hopes that their child will be successful, that they will be able to deal with difficult or challenging situations with confidence, and that they will be able to meet challenges head on and learn from both successes and failures. To do this, a child must have a good sense of…

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A True Vacation

A True Vacation

Summer has finally arrived and the much anticipated family beach trip begins today. It’s approximately 8:00am because if we’re not at the beach shortly after noon, well…that’s not going to go well. One sibling won’t get out of bed and the other has waited until this morning to pack a week’s worth of clothing in an old grocery bag.

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