Making Snow Angel

Joyful Snow-showers

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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How to Talk to Your Child About Scary Things in Uncertain Times

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Latest News, Parenting

It is important to talk to your child about scary events, especially when we are in uncertain times. However, it can be extraordinarily difficult for parents.  We want to share our values regarding events.  Likewise, it can be hard for children to talk to their parents. Sometimes, children ask questions that we are not prepared to […]

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The Importance of Maintaining Routines for Children on Snow Days

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Family, Latest News, Self-care

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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How to Help Your Child Open Up to You.

Helping Your Child Open Up to You

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Latest News, Parenting

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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Friends Celebrating Christmas

Thoughtful Conversation Topics for the Holidays (and a Few to Avoid)

Posted Posted in Communication, Family, Friendships, Latest News

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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Holding Christmas Ornament

Healthy (and Fun) Communication During Family Holidays

Posted Posted in Gratitude

…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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