Self-Care and Self-Compassion Improves Parenting

Posted Posted in Coping, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Parenting, Self-care

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 For Strength: 8 Songs That May Help Get You Through Tough Times

Posted Posted in Depression, Gratitude, Latest News, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Resiliency, Self-care

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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Happy Child Swimming In The Pool

Why Structure is Important for Kids in the Summer

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting

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 in Children and Adolescents: How to Help

Posted Posted in Depression

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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Autism Spectrum Disorder: What It Is and How to Help

Posted Posted in Autism, Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting

“Autism” is a term with which many people are familiar.  Autism impacts many families, either in their own family, or through a relative or a friend.  However, many people still struggle to understand what it means, how to identify it, and how to help.  To make matters more confusing, autism is called many different things, and […]

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ADHD in Girls

ADHD In Girls

Posted Posted in ADHD

ADHD is a common topic among parents, schools, and health providers. But ADHD in girls is an elusive concept. Allison was always labeled a “Tom Boy.” When other girls were playing with dolls, reading, or coloring, she was outside playing with the neighbor boys. She preferred softball, kickball, riding her bike. She could never sit […]

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Summer Activity for Your Child

How To Pick Summer Activities for Your Child

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Family, Friendships, Latest News, Parenting

Picking Summer Activities for Your Child Selecting summer activities for children, can be a daunting task for parents.  It can be hard to know how to pick a program that is the right fit for your child.  Here are some things to consider when planning your child’s summer. Ask Your Child It is really important […]

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Snow day!

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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What to Do When Your Child Argues with A Friend

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

When your child argues with a friend, it can be hard to know how to help. Sometimes we know our child’s actions weren’t kind.  Other times we are worried that are child had his feelings hurt by a friend.  Sometimes it can feel like all our child does is fight with others.  According to Brett […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Vitamin D

Posted Posted in Depression, Latest News

Seasonal Affective Disorder, which coincidentally has the acronym SAD, refers to symptoms of depression that occur seasonally, with the emergence of symptoms during the fall and winter months, and a dissipation of those symptoms once winter transitions into spring. SAD can occur in those who already suffer from depression, but it can also affect those […]

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