Snow day! Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing a record-breaking amount of school cancellations due to weather. It is fun to have an occasional random day to stay home and relax. However, weekly snow days – sometimes more than one per week – can make it difficult for children to be ready to learn […]
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Children commonly have a hard time talking to their parents. It can be hard to open up. For some, it is a normal developmental stage. Other children are described by parents as shy or sensitive. Additionally, children with anxiety or depression often keep difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences to themselves. There are many reasons that children […]
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Body image concerns are a part of today’s culture. Many of us have struggled with not liking what we see in the mirror at times. A recent survey showed that 90% of college age women and 80% college age men report having a poor body image. Below are some suggestions which may aid with keeping a stronger […]
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One of the best things about the holiday season is getting together with people you haven’t seen in a while. This time of year often brings the opportunity to catch up with friends and family members. While this is wonderful, it can also be difficult to know what to talk about, how to start a […]
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Sleep is a complicated issue with many inter-connected components. However, if you are struggling with sleep, consider making some dietary changes to promote improvements in your sleep cycle.
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There are ways to make the most of the winter months! Making time inside enjoyable for you and your loved ones. Let’s get Creative!
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The holidays are coming…. When you hear that phrase, does it strike fear and panic? Does it remind you of family stress? Or does it bring up warm memories of time with your family, eating pie or other goodies in front of a warm fire? If you are like most people, you probably have mixed […]
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…As each of you prepares for your family holidays, maybe you are also considering what to expect this year. Even though you may have had sadness or loss, political changes or political consistency, marriages or divorces, there are often unifying factors. There are often things that can bring you closer as a family to talk about over snacks, dinner, or desert. Moreover, there may even be things that you can talk about that are not uncomfortable….
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The holidays are a very special time of year for many families. We are often able to spend time with loved ones, enjoy special foods, and receive and give gifts. However, it can be a stressful time of year for children due to excitement and changes in routine. Here are some ideas to help enjoy […]
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Emotional regulation seems like a complicated process. But in fact, it is something that we all use every day. Consider these examples where self-regulation may be helpful: Situation 1: You are driving home from work, and a car cuts you off in traffic, proceeding to drive very slowly in the lane in front of you. You are frustrated […]
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What Is People-Pleasing Behavior? People-pleasing is very common. This usually means putting another person’s needs before your own and frequently results in doing things that make you uncomfortable or unhappy to make someone else happy or comfortable instead. A common example of people-pleasing behavior is saying “yes” to others without consideration of your own time […]
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What is gratitude? Gratitude is simply being thankful and ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness to others. Parents want children to appreciate gratitude. However, it can be difficult to teach these skills. Why is gratitude important? Gratitude promotes positive mental health for both children and adults. According to a study conducted by Robert A. […]
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