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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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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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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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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Many people have heard of the term, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD is common in northern climates, and oftentimes people become concerned about it during the winter months. It is relatively common in parts of the world, and can make relationships, work, and daily activities quite difficult at times. It is a type of mood disorder, and it impacts adults, adolescents, and children.
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Luckily a wide variety of very effective treatment options are available to people with ADHD.
Treatment options range from therapy, adaptive approaches, lifestyle strategies and medications. If the ADHD interferes with a child’s school functioning, schools are required to make accommodations for students with ADHD. Adults may be able to request assistance at their place of employment. Usually a combination of approaches is more successful than any one alone.
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Self-compassion is an important part of parenting children and adolescents. A few years ago, the Washington Post published an article called “Teaching Children Self-Compassion by Modeling it Ourselves” by Mandy Lange. The article addresses the idea that children learn how to respond to their difficulties, stressors, and mistakes through their own experiences, and through what […]
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Music is powerful Music has existed from the earliest of times to the streaming services of today. Many of us can think of a song connected to something important in our lives. It could a vacation, a fun day with friends, or graduation. When we hear that song again, it often brings back memories of people, events, and […]
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Sleep on vacation can seem elusive…. Travel anxiety can cause sleep problems as well as take away from an amazing adventure. From worrying about delayed flights to if you will like the food, no wonder travel and anxiety can go together. Anxiety can also make it hard to sleep, especially on your first night in […]
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Schools out! No more structure, right? Well… about that… When school ends for the year, parents and children alike are ready for a break from homework, extracurricular activities, and other demands that come with the academic calendar. However, it doesn’t take long for parents to hear, “I’m bored,” or to become concerned with siblings fighting […]
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Depression affects children, adolescents, and adults. It affects people from all income levels and ethnic backgrounds. Research estimates indicate that at least 2-6% of all children and 10-35 % of all adults are diagnosed with depression in their lifetime. Unfortunately, less than 20% of children receive the help that they need. Because you are now reading this, you are taking action to help your child, and that is a very important choice.
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