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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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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Compliance is a challenging area for parents and children. Kids are notorious for testing parent limits. These behaviors are normal and healthy. They are part of exploring the world. When kids refuse to do things parents ask or avoid tasks that parents ask them to do, this is often referred to as defiance. Defiance can […]
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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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Summer can be a magical time for families, full of long, sun-soaked days, swimming at the pool, and gentle memories….summer CAN be enjoyable, even if plans don’t work out the way we thought they would. Here are a few suggestions which may be helpful.
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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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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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….When kids struggle, parents often suffer too. And they often suffer alone, while trying very hard to appear like everything is ok to everyone else…..So how DOES a parent of a child who is struggling with mental health issues stay sane?…
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Depression affects children, adolescents, and adults. It affects people from all income levels and ethnic backgrounds. Research estimates indicate that at least 2-6% of all children and 10-35 % of all adults are diagnosed with depression in their lifetime. Unfortunately, less than 20% of children receive the help that they need. Because you are now reading this, you are taking action to help your child, and that is a very important choice.
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“Autism” is a term with which many people are familiar. Autism impacts many families, either in their own family, or through a relative or a friend. However, many people still struggle to understand what it means, how to identify it, and how to help. To make matters more confusing, autism is called many different things, and […]
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ADHD is a common topic among parents, schools, and health providers. But ADHD in girls is an elusive concept. Allison was always labeled a “Tom Boy.” When other girls were playing with dolls, reading, or coloring, she was outside playing with the neighbor boys. She preferred softball, kickball, riding her bike. She could never sit […]
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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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