Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]
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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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Gratitude is the practice of noticing good things in our world. It means taking the time to see the small, things that happen to us every day.
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Parents and providers often seek out ways to bring relief to the child. Sometimes, the world of mental health is very confusing and difficult to access, particularly for young children. The good news is that there is help AND effective treatments for young children with anxiety.
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This blog-post is addressing a serious and potentially controversial topic: spanking. It’s a tough thing to talk about, so thank you for being brave and reading this article. New research regarding spanking has been in the news recently, with two ground-breaking studies in the last month. As a result, as a Clinical Child and Adolescent […]
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Transgender Children & Youth: Basic Information for Parents, and Caregivers From the moment you announce your pregnancy, people begin to ask about your child’s biological sex. “Are you having a boy or a girl?” Some people even have “gender reveal” celebrations or parties. It seems from the time our children are very small, our society […]
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Many parents are uncertain of how to keep their children safe on-line. Although most of us use computers in our day to day jobs, we grew up at a time in history where friendship and learning primarily occurred face to face, and not through a screen or electronic device. Children today use electronics to learn, […]
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Many children experience anxiety from time to time In fact, there is evidence to suggest that the number of children with anxiety disorders continues to increase over time, as well as the intensity of anxiety symptoms. Many things contribute to the stress children experience today. Our culture demands more time and energy from both children […]
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The importance of child of early childhood mental health has been highlighted by many developmental experts,2. explaining that mental health is built early in life, shaping the way the brain develops. Poor early child mental health can damage a child’s abilities to learn and relate to others throughout their entire lives. Problems, such as incarceration and homelessness, could be dramatically reduced if young children received help early in life.
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It can be very difficult to talk to children about suicide Suicide is often very confusing and difficult for children and adults to understand. Many adults have mixed reactions, often questioning spiritual truths, models of mental illness, and issues of choice. Many survivors of suicide report a combination of feelings, from anger, anxiety, disbelief, and […]
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Handwriting often seems like a long-lost art. When I was in school, it was a class, just like spelling or reading. I practiced and practiced my letters, particularly when we got to cursive writing. I remember having to take home extra work to practice being neater in my work, and how important it was to […]
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“Each of us is a flower growing in life’s garden. Each of us is a flower. We need the sun and rain.” The above song has been sung by both my children in elementary school. As I attended my youngest son’s music performance this week, I listened to the words. I found myself wondering if […]
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