Parent Enmeshment, Boarding School, and a Kid with Significant ADHD

So many of the clients we see at the Price Group are what we call ENMESHED with at least one of their parents! One of my clients, a very bright, very verbal young man, is struggling at his current boarding school. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and has real trouble completing most anything on time, especially homework! A typical … Read More

How to Raise Financially Smart Kids?

Tuesday, May and I had the privilege of being invited to hear a New York Times columnist and author, Ron Lieber, speak about his book, The Opposite of Spoiled Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. Ron was a very engaging speaker and highly endorsed a game with cards that was developed by our local community foundation, … Read More

What is the Most Precious Gift We Can Give Our Children?

Kids need our unconditional love and unwavering support AND the freedom to try, fail, and pick themselves up!  In the end, resilience and self-confidence develop when our kids experience hardship, anxiety, and difficulty. Then learn they can move beyond it. Helicopter parenting, along with increased academic expectations, have created some of the most anxious kids we have ever seen. I recently … Read More

Free Time and Structured Time

We can totally relate to this idea of needing “free spirit” time.  We think anyone who is a “P” (Perceptive) on the Myers Briggs understands the need to have unstructured, free spirit time.  If you are a “P” your brain does not function in the same way that someone who is a “J” (judging) functions.  There are  times when we need to let our brain flow … Read More

Anxiety: The Quiet Problem That Often Gets Downplayed or Overlooked

At The Price Group we are seeing a definite rise in the number of students with severe anxiety.  May Peach presented at our national IECA conference in the spring on what has changed for middle schoolers in the last decade.  One of the major changes is that we load our students up with high school courses, more homework and in … Read More

Are Kids Getting Enough Movement?

Do you remember recess being your favorite part of the day when you were in school? I know I loved going outside at lunch time and even after I got home from school. This article makes some good points for why kids need to have exercise throughout the day. In wilderness therapy you are very active and that is why … Read More

New “diagnosis” Ferrari Deficit Disorder

We really enjoyed reading this article about this new disorder. See what you think! Distinguishing Bipolar Disorder From ADHD Frequently, I am asked about how to distinguish symptoms of bipolar disorder from those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While this question arises more often when seeing children or adolescents, it comes up in the course of evaluating adult patients … Read More

Girls and ADHD

At The Price Group, we see many girls in their junior or senior year of high school who tell us they believe they have ADHD, but have never been diagnosed.  We tend to agree!  Often, they are highly verbal and have been able to “talk” their way through earlier grades… now, as the demands for essay and longer projects start … Read More

‘Tiger Mom’ Defends New Book on TODAY

This article and new book bring up some controversial but compelling things to think about!  What makes a student “highly motivated”??  What makes another student less motivated? We tend to work with students who struggle with low motivation, substance abuse, learning differences, and ADHD, which impacts impulse control negatively. In the book the Triple Threat, Amy Chua, known for her Tiger Mom … Read More

How do you Measure “Success” in a Theraputic Program

This question comes up often and is more difficult to answer than you think and yet profoundly simple at the same time.  Some parents feel guilty when they have feelings of relief when they send their son or daughter off to a wilderness program or a therapeutic school.  Feeling a sense of failure as a parent, while at the same … Read More