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 be come concerned with siblings fighting […]

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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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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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What to Do When Your Child Argues with A Friend

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Friendships, Latest News, Parenting

When your child argues with a friend, it can be hard to know how to help. Sometimes we know our child’s actions weren’t kind.  Other times we are worried that are child had his feelings hurt by a friend.  Sometimes it can feel like all our child does is fight with others.  According to Brett […]

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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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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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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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Is Your Child Addicted to Screen Time?

Posted Posted in Children and Adolescents, Parenting, Screen Time

Screen time is a popular topic today.  Parents often worried that their child is addicted to the tablet or another device.  However, these devices are designed to provide a lot of easy to attain feedback.  They are designed to keep people interested.  Think about how willing people are to wait in line for hours when […]

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Attachment Disruption: A Dangerous Consequence of Forced Separation Between Children and Parents

Posted Posted in Latest News, Parenting, Relationships, Trauma

Attachment disruption due to separation can have long-lasting effects on children.  The relationship between a child and her parent or primary caregiver is special.  This relationship functions to provide security that the child needs for emotional and physical health.  The presence of a reliable, stable caregiver allows the child to successfully achieve cognitive, physical, and […]

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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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