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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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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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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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When You and Your Partner Disagree on Parenting

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

Partners often disagree on parenting.    As parents, we put together our ideas of how to raise children on how we were raised, religion, how we interpret our values, and other factors. When you and your partner both want what is best for your child but disagree on how to help your child be successful, it can […]

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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 […]

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Spanking Children: A Health Hazard That Increases Misbehavior

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting

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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How To Pick Appropriate Movies and Screen-Time Activities for Your Family

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Parenting, Screen Time

Sitting on the couch, eating popcorn, and watching a movie is a favorite family activity.  Many families enjoy watching movies and TV shows together.  However, a lot of parents have questions about sharing media with their kids.  How much screen time is too much?  How do you know if a movie is appropriate?  Here are […]

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Coping with School Anxiety for Young Children

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

Children starting kindergarten or returning to elementary school often experience school anxiety. Think of it as starting a new job or returning to work after a long vacation. Here are some strategies to minimize school anxiety and help your children start a great school year! Getting Ready For School · Practice the skills your child […]

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Child Psychologist Post: Transgender Children & Youth

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Latest News, Medical, Parenting, Sexuality

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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Child Therapist Post: How to be a More Intentional Parent

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

We hear a lot about how to be an intentional parent The word intentional means, according to Google, that something it “done on purpose; deliberate.” When we are an intentional parent, we are being thoughtful in how we raise our children. That we are looking forward to what we want out of life for our […]

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