My name is Dr. Kurt Ela, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
This blog came out of from my as a psychologist on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry team at Georgetown, as well as a parent of two amazing children.
In this demanding and fast-paced age of technology, our children grow up faster than ever. The price our children pay for this is increasingly that of their mental health. Our kids are more stressed, less happy, and over scheduled than ever before.
The name of my blog is a reminder that children need space and time to be children first. The decade of childhood sets the foundation for a life of balance, joy, and security. During the pandemic, my children suffered emotionally just like kids all across the world. The last straw for us was seeing our older son stretched out - face down - on the floor, saying he could not handle one more Zoom class. He was fed up, and so were we. Our solution was to get outside, in a big way.
In September of 2020, we traveled from Maine to Florida on a family boat. This blog is the product of parenting experiences drawn from that adventure, as well as my nearly two decades of treating children and adolescents facing mental health challenges of various origins, including biology, a demanding society, the pandemic and its aftermath, and more.
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