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 1 CommentPosted 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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Holidays with Children: How to Manage Child Behavior

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

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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Seasonal Shifts: 10 Things to Help Seasonal Affective Disorder When We Switch from Fall to Winter

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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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ADHD: Basic Facts and Information

Posted Posted in ADHD

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-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: 10 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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Sleep on Vacation: 14 Tips to Help

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Latest News, Sleep

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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