First Few Weeks of School: Tips for Survival

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

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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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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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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When You Are Angry At Your Child

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

Raising kids is hard.  All parents get angry at their child sometimes.  Here are some tips for feeling more in control when you feel angry at your child. Stop and Take a Break Hit the pause button before you act in angry ways.  It is important to stop before you can think about and take […]

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Empathy

Posted Posted in Latest News, Parenting, Relationships

What is empathy? Empathy is simply defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.  Empathy allows us to respond in a calm way to what others are experiencing. Why is empathy important? Empathy allows us to respond in a way that takes into account how another person may be feeling.  Empathy […]

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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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PCIT Treats ADHD in Children

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

No doubt about it, Darren* was a bouncy kid.  He had an infectious laugh, and the other children in his daycare were mesmerized by him.  Whatever he did, it was fun. Darren rarely sat down, he was always moving.  And dancing.  And running.  And even jumping.  He never was still.  Even during naptime.  Then he […]

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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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