Beating the Summertime Blues

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support, Home Feature

Remember when you were a child. You couldn’t wait for summer; the end of school, the start of days spent outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. For many adults, however, summer is far less enjoyable. Summer depression is a very real. Those of us living in Hong Kong are especially vulnerable as studies have found higher rates of summer …

Surviving the Holidays

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support, Home Feature

“Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!” How often do you hear these words this time of year? This is supposed to be a season of joy, happiness and fulfilment. However, our actual experiences often contradict these expectations. There are many reasons why you may feel down around the holidays. Here are the main reasons many people experience the holiday blues: • …

Taming Your Child’s Test Anxiety

Adler Family Centre Children & Teens, Home Feature

The dropping temperatures may be an unwelcome sign that winter is almost here. The increased anxiety that many kids feel this time of year is a definite sign that exam season has arrived. What can you do as a parent to tame your child’s test anxiety? Perhaps the most important strategies your child can develop are to improve study habits, …

The Benefits of Stress: Finding the Optimal Level

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support, Home Feature

“I’m stressed!” When you hear these words, you probably imagine the many situations in life when you have felt stressed or nervous. The reality is that most of us wish stress would just disappear as it often leads to intense emotional pain.  Let’s look at stress from another perspective, however. It may seem contradictory at first, but stress can motivate …

We Are the Most Important Teachers

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support

Something we often forget as parents: we are our children’s most important teachers. Our children learn from us, not only how to relate to others, but how to act appropriately. Most parents think of teaching as instructions given to children. However, our children’s observations of our actions are equally, if not often more important.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support

I have never met a parent who enjoy sees her child misbehave. Behaviours such as hitting and refusal to comply with simple requests almost always irritate and sometimes anger us as parents. We want our children to develop excellent self-control and grow up to become responsible and successful adults. As such, we generally believe that we must punish her when …

Parents and Teens: Who’s the Boss?

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support

Ask a teenager raised in a Western culture about who’s the boss at home. More than likely, the response will be a confident “I am.” Ask the same question of one of the teenager’s parents and you are likely to hear a resigned “I wish I were.” Being a teenager and the parent of one poses considerable challenges. Perhaps the …

Young and Stressed Out in Hong Kong: Help Your Child Manage Stress and Thrive

Adler Family Centre Adults, Children & Teens, Family Support

Hong Kong, like most international cities, is highly competitive and extremely fast paced. No one seems to know this better that parents. Our children are educated and socialized in an environment in which friends and classmates are highly focused on academic and social success. This environment is a breeding ground for high levels of stress. Rather than resign ourselves, we …