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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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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Finding Your Way Through Status Anxiety

Posted Posted in Family, Parenting, Resiliency

Issues related to status and college pressures are familiar to many people, particularly given the college admission scandals in the news lately.  Recently, federal prosecutors filed charges against a group of parents who paid someone to “help” admit their children to particular colleges. Specifically, these parents paid to have someone else take standardized entrance exams for […]

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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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Why Graphic Novels are Good for Kids

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Education, Family, Latest News, Parenting

Graphic novels have become increasingly popular for children.  There are currently many different types of graphic novels from Captain Underpants to the Smile books by Raina Taigelmeier.  Graphic novels have not always been considered appropriate reading for children.  Lately, graphic novels are flying off the shelves, jumping into virtual shopping carts, and being embraced by […]

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Child Custody and Mental Health Services for Children

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

Mental health services for children often depend on parental agreement, even if parents are not (or never have been) married Many times, psychologists and therapists offer mental health services to children from never married, separated, or divorced families.  At Hope Springs, we will ask about custody issues. There are several reasons for this, and they have […]

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First Few Weeks of School: Tips for Survival

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Education, Electronics, Family, Parenting, School

The first few weeks of school can be great, but they can also bring challenges for kids and parents.  Changing from the relaxed schedule and feeling of summer to the routine and structure of school can be hard for some children. Here is information to make this transition go better for the first few weeks […]

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Depression in Teens Impacts Parent Depression

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Depression, Family, Parenting

Depression is serious business, particularly in children and adolescents.  Depression impacts about of 20 percent of teens prior to adulthood, and research supports that these numbers are increasing.  Sadly, when depression rates increase, so do rates of suicide, self-injury, and substance abuse.  Many times, as parents, we struggle with how to help and what to […]

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Positive Behavior on Vacation: 11 Tips to Increase the Odds of Your Kids Doing Well

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

Positive behavior helps vacations go better.  Unfortunately, child behavior can be an area of concern for parents.  Will she throw a tantrum at the restaurant?  Will he sleep ok?  Will any of us survive the car or plane ride? As a child therapist and a parent, I get it!  I have worked with many families […]

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