"The Couch" Blog

Nov 18 • posted by Dr. Matt
Distracted Parenting…

Distracted Parenting… Can We Be More Present? By: Giselle Armantrout Is your phone a distraction? We see this scenario played out everyday everywhere! Mothers & fathers looking down at their iPhones… swiping, scrolling, texting, working, posting, shopping, while their son …

May 06 • posted by Dr. Matt
6 ingredients that help KIDS become successful ADULTS

Want your kids to have an edge?  Want them to become successful?  Here’s a checklist BASED ON RESEARCH – how many are you doing? So you’re a loving, present, empathetic, compassionate parent.  You hug your kids, try to avoid shaming …

Dec 12 • posted by Dr. Matt
Teen Cell Phones… and Depression

Is your teen’s phone making them DEPRESSED? There are striking trends afoot for those keen to adolescent development.  We know kids spend immense amount of time on their phones, but what’s the impact? Read Time’s article that shows data suggests …

Sep 06 • posted by Dr. Matt
A note to Dads…

Dads – you are vital in your home.   Your family and kids NEED YOU.  They need you to provide food & shelter (and movie tickets), but they also need you to provide leadership and presence.  Your family needs you …

May 26 • posted by Dr. Matt
Summer Parenting Challenge

Summer Parenting Challenge Ahhhh, Summer is in the air!  The trees have budded, the grass is growing, the thunderstorms are rolling, and the kids are getting antsy.  For parents, this time of year is filled with anxious exams, field trips, …

Mar 16 • posted by Dr. Matt
Kids’ Chores

Age Appropriate Chores for Your Kids It takes a lot of work to run a home!  And remembering that one goal of parenting is to raise competent, responsible, working adults, the first work place for all of usshould be the …

Dec 14 • posted by Dr. Matt
When to get Kids a cell phone

Getting your kid a cell phone?   Use a Phone Contract to help them…use their phone responsibly, yet be where they’re at, with whom they’re with. Are you considering getting your kid a cell phone?  When to take that plunge …

Nov 25 • posted by Dr. Matt
Social Media Vacation

Is your connection to your phone causing disconnection with your partner? First, let me be clear, I love my phone.  It’s filled with so much great information. Almost daily I use the more-computer-than-phone in my pocket to check email, respond …

Feb 02 • posted by Dr. Matt
Parents… we’re driving ourselves crazy

Our parenting today is making us nuts! As parents we’re trying to do more than ever with and for our kids.  We are busy shuttling kids to activities, preparing healthy meals, pouring over homework, entertaining kids with events, supervising play dates, and we’re working outside of …