Susan Bartell, Psy.D.

Stop Holiday Stress!

Stop Holiday Stress!

(Oct. 13, 2015) - This local child development and family expert has tips we can all use at this time of year: reducing stress for our kids and ourselves!


Take Back Dinner!

Take Back Dinner!

(Sep. 28, 2015) - Make mealtimes meaningful. A local family life expert has advice for staying close to your kids during the most hectic time of the year.


Winning the Back-to-School Fashion Battle

Winning the Back-to-School Fashion Battle

(Aug. 18, 2015) - Avoid fighting with your child during back-to-school clothes shopping with these 5 tips from a child psychologist.


Teach Your Child to View Life from the Inside Out

Teach Your Child to View Life from the Inside Out

(Jun. 25, 2015) - Instead of trying to stem disappointment, it is far more instructive to teach your child to roll with the punches and make the best of the situation, no matter what the situation turns out to be.


Why You Should Stop Telling Your Child 'Good Job!'

Why You Should Stop Telling Your Child 'Good Job!'

(Jun. 24, 2015) - There are more constructive and effective ways to praise your child than defaulting to "Good job!" Here, Dr. Bartell explains why the phrase needs to be phased out of your vocabulary.


How to Help Your Child Make Tough Choices

How to Help Your Child Make Tough Choices

(Feb. 27, 2015) - When your child is faced with a tough choice, remember that his ability to reason out his decision is part of growing up. Here, advice from a child psychologist on how to help your kids make difficult decisions in their lives.


The Truth Behind Your Child's Constant Boredom

The Truth Behind Your Child's Constant Boredom

(Jan. 30, 2015) - When a child can frequently be described as lazy or bored it means that the child is not fully engaged in his work or play environment. The lazy or bored behavior is a symptom of an underlying concern—a red flag to look deeper.


April Showers Bring May Flowers

(Apr. 01, 2014) - Dr. Susan Bartell examines the ups and downs of parenting with the analogy, April showers bring May flowers.


Younger Siblings Get Lost in the College Rush

(Mar. 20, 2014) - The college application process is a hectic journey for your child. While your oldest is taking standardized testing, filling out applications, and interviewing with their top colleges, it's important to consider how younger siblings feel during this time. From having their older sibling leave home for the first time, to picking up on the general stress of the application process, here are some tips on making sure younger siblings don't get lost in the college rush.


Five Signs You've Got Post-Holiday Blues

Five Signs You've Got Post-Holiday Blues

(Jan. 02, 2014) - The post-holiday blues are fairly common as the holiday magic wanes and you and your family shift back into your routines. But if feelings of sadness seem so linger or get worse it may be a sign of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression.


The Company We Keep

(Nov. 20, 2013) - Think twice before skipping over Uncle Charlie or your occasionally annoying neighbor when doling out party invites. Dr. Susan Bartell, a noted child psychologist, reminds us that this holiday season, we should give our children and ourselves the gift of really forgiving others their faults.


Raising Our Kids: 'I'm Bored'

(Oct. 28, 2013) - The back-to-school hype has died down, the holidays aren’t yet here, and your kid is hardly enthused. What’s a parent to do? An award-winning child psychologist weighs in on between-seasons boredom.


Maybe Just a Treat

Maybe Just a Treat

(Sep. 26, 2013) - Halloween tricks can be fun for adults, but unless parents teach appreciation and empathy, their kids might not understand the spirit of the season’s trickery. Dr. Susan Bartell provides tips to remind children how to be gracious and focus on the holiday's treats.


Best Friends Forever

(Aug. 27, 2013) - How is it possible your child could have developed such an intense friendship so quickly, you wonder—and will it even last? A child psychologist and award-winning author addresses the keys to a best friendship and how to talk to your kids when their friendships dwindle.


How to Help Your Child's Anxiety About the New School Year

How to Help Your Child's Anxiety About the New School Year

(Jul. 26, 2013) - Another school year is around the corner and many kids, even the popular ones who seem secure, begin to feel anxious about a new beginning, entering a new grade, meeting new teachers, and even reuniting with old friends.


The Importance of Letting Your Kids Indulge in a Sweet Treat

(Jun. 19, 2013) - A child psychologist explains why letting your children indulge in a sweet snack is better than depriving them of it altogether.


4 Ways to Make Dad Feel Extra-Special on Father's Day

(May. 15, 2013) - This Father's Day, teach the kids to show just how special dad is to the family with these four tips that will help dad feel extra-special.


Thank Your Child's Educator During Teacher Appreciation Week

(Apr. 22, 2013) - During Teacher Appreciation Week in May, show your child's educator he or she is appreciated and also teach your child the importance of showing gratitude and appreciation to people who care about them.


The Importance of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

(Mar. 28, 2013) - The annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day presents an opportunity for more than just schmoozing by the water cooler—it can help expand your child’s horizons.


In a Winter Slump? Here's How to Get Your Kids to Be Active This Season

In a Winter Slump? Here's How to Get Your Kids to Be Active This Season

(Jan. 10, 2013) - Encourage your kids to participate in winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snow-shoeing, and figure out how to manage the demands of these winter sports.


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