How to Help your Child Adjust to Distance Learning, Homeschooling, or Modified Instruction

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

The terms “distance learning” and “homeschooling” are hotly discussed topics right now. Many districts and schools around the United States are opting not to start the year in person. While this helps ensure all of our safety, it is still frustrating for parents and children alike. You fear that your child will fall behind. You […]

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People-Pleasing: What It Is and How to Navigate It

Posted Posted in Latest News, Relationships

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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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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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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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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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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