Relationships

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Losing Your First Love – A Guide for Teens

by Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R As many of us have learned from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on death and dying, “the five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what […]

Trauma or Trigger – 3 Ways to Know the Difference

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R These days trigger warnings and PTSD are all over college campuses, counseling centers and popular culture. But if you’re confused, you’re not alone. I find it troubling that these two have been conflated to mean the same thing. They are, in fact, very different. A trigger is like when […]

Re-inventing Thanksgiving Expectations

By Lacey Byrne, Yellowbrick Staff Writer Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I’m not sure if it’s because I love sweet potato casserole (minus the marshmallows), homemade cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie or because it’s the only holiday we celebrate that is non-religious and non-materialistic. Probably a little bit of both. Because my parents […]

It’s Not Their Fault: 6 Reasons Why Young Adults Can’t Launch

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R In a couple of weeks I’m going to be on the radio again with my new topic “It’s not Their Fault: Why Young Adults Can’t Launch.” I think it’s because in the last decade, the loan situation re: college costs, even if you just take a certificate like massage […]

Busted! 3 Reasons Not to Sext. Ever!

By Donna C. Moss, MA, LCSW-R The family came in ashamed and scared. They wanted me to dictate what to tell their 12-year-old child about her sexting with a 16-year-old boy. I said wait, slow down. Just like a journalist’s job is to show not tell, a therapist’s job is to guide not do. I […]

Why boys need to have conversations about emotional intimacy in classrooms

By Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts Amherst   An award-winning, veteran Bronx high school teacher, handed in his resignation after colliding with the school’s principal in 2016. Tom Porton had distributed HIV/AIDS education fliers listing nonsexual ways of “Making Love Without Doin’ It” (including advice to “read a book together”). What does it say when a […]

Worried About Kids and Dating Violence? Bring “That’s Not Cool” to Your Community

By Sarah Calatayud, Yellowbrick Staff Writer Brian O’Connor, founder of the nonprofit Futures Without Violence, described the thinking behind starting the successful 2009 teen-aimed “That’s Not Cool” campaign as a recognition of the potential dangers inherent to teens navigating dating relationships in the iGen era. In the video describing the program he states, “The more people […]

Remember the New Kid: A message to parents to share with their kids

By Valli Gideons   Encourage them to seek out the new kid and introduce themselves. Explain how it is awesome to have a circle of friends but excruciating to be on the outside of it. When their light shines, teach them that including others in that glow is kind. Leaving others in the shadows…is not. […]

Six Hands-On Ways to Foster Empathy in Your Kids

By Hailey Hudson   Empathy—the ability to understand the pain of others—is in short supply among kids these days. Empathy is incredibly important because it breeds action, and fostering empathy in children is especially important because kids are growing into the adults that will shape the future of our world. But when kids just don’t […]