Research shows kids adjust to divorce better when parents meet certain conditions. During the process of divorce, many factors feel out of control. However, parents can control how they react to and talk about their co-parents around their children.
About Plum Tree Psychology
Dr. Ann Weller is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist and the owner of Plum Tree Psychology, Ltd. Her education, training, and background experience has been exclusively in the treatment of young people. She’s worked in outpatient settings, community mental health, and college counseling. She was a clinical director at a psychiatric inpatient hospital. She’s worked with thousands of children with behavior issues, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression, self-injury, and suicide attempts.
Dr. Weller has diagnosed and treated children with a range of illnesses, including: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, behavior disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Weller has co-authored research in conjunction with Chicago’s Loyola University Psychology Department. She’s given trainings throughout Illinois to students, teachers, mental health providers, parents, and state agencies. Topics include: Understanding IQ, Teen Suicide, Managing ADHD in the Classroom, Running Children’s Groups, and Helping Children Manage Anxiety.
Dr. Weller’s areas of focus include: Psychological Assessment, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and self-injury/suicide.
Entries by Plum Tree Psychology
One of the most important things you can model for your child is how to have loving & supportive relationships. While this is well-supported by research, many parents worry getting divorced is worse than staying in an unhealthy marriage.
Over forty states have sued social media giant, Meta because of its lack of safety protections for teens who use its platforms. As a result, Meta has come out with new changes to filter harmful content away from the newsfeeds of teens.
Being an involved and attentive parent is important, however, it is also important to take care of yourself. Whether you are a working parent or a stay-at-home parent, being a parent can be exhausting.
Remote job opportunities have become more common. The study found that individuals with ADHD are more productive in work-from-home jobs than their non-ADHD counterparts.
Research shows that teenagers and parents value different qualities in who the teenager wants to date. Parents: never forget the lessons of Romeo and Juliet. A prohibited relationship is the peak of romantic drama.
Did you know screen time is contributing to sleep deprivation in kids? In this Fast Company article, they discuss the links between mental health, sleep, and screen time.
Family conflict is normal. It can be healthy for parents to argue in front of children. Kids can learn from parents how to argue effectively, with purpose, and how to apologize and move forward.
We arrive into this world with our own, unique temperament. Developmental psychologists look at a range of issues related to temperament.
Teenagers are commonly given a bad reputation for being unnecessarily angry. It is important to remember emotions are not bad or wrong.