Category: Parenting

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Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

Kids are very intelligent and naturally curious. If you or someone in your family struggles with a mental illness, there is a good chance that your child has some understanding of what that means. It is important to have conversations about mental health with children early, as confusion, misunderstanding, and misinterpretation can cause them a significant amount of distress. For example, if a parent … Read More Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

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COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

How has COVID-19 affected children? COVID-19 has robbed children and adolescents of predictability, which is an important stabilizing factor in daily life for kids. Uncertainty, social isolation, parental stress, etc. all have an impact on the mental health of our children, especially those with previously diagnosed mental health conditions. There are many new worries that children are now faced with including whether or not … Read More COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

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6 Ways to Help Children Navigate the Challenges of 2020

6 Ways to Help Children Navigate the Challenges of 2020

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Empty Chairs at the Table This Holiday Season

There’s nothing like the holidays and a new year around the corner to remind us that 2020 is almost over. This year let’s try to take nothing for granted. Especially since millions of Americans will soon sit down to a holiday meal with one or more loved ones missing. Those empty chairs are a reminder of what we have endured this year. Whether it … Read More Empty Chairs at the Table This Holiday Season

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Tips for Raising Optimistic Kids

1. Model it – children will look to their caregivers for cues on how to respond to life stresses. As parents, it is important to model the characteristics you would like your child to exhibit. Why? Because kids are constantly watching and listening to you. Healthy habits, including optimism start with having an optimistic mindset yourself.  2. Practice looking for the positive – daily … Read More Tips for Raising Optimistic Kids

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Finding Gratitude

It’s hard to tell in the photo but the wine glass says “FUN” on the side. I didn’t realize that when I pulled it out of the cabinet. As I was pouring wine into it late at night I read the glass and had to laugh because nothing about that moment was lowercase “fun” let alone uppercase “FUN.” I was tired after a long … Read More Finding Gratitude

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Supporting Gender Fluid Kids

Data clearly shows that members of the LGBTQI community endure a disproportionate amount of discrimination, abuse, harassment, and violence which can have grave impacts on both mental and physical health. Let’s talk key terms When we discuss gender we first need to be on the same page when it comes to terminology. Here are some useful definitions to jumpstart this discussion. Assigned sex: when babies … Read More Supporting Gender Fluid Kids

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COVID and Children’s Mental Health

COVID has brought to our doorsteps much unexpected change, anxiety and stress. The current atmosphere is challenging for adults, but is also trying for children in different ways. Thinking about how to begin a conversation with a child about the current climate can be daunting. Know that there are strategies and resources available to help. Prepare The first and most necessary step before speaking … Read More COVID and Children’s Mental Health

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Talking to Children About Racism

Talking about race can be a daunting endeavor and many parents struggle with where to begin. Children are like sponges; they soak up information from everywhere. Kids pick up on cues from their friends, family, news headlines and social media. Although discussing race can seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Parents often have anticipatory anxiety when it comes to these discussions. On the … Read More Talking to Children About Racism

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Baby Sign Language

When a baby is in distress and crying, it is not uncommon for parents to struggle with figuring out what their child desires. This process can be frustrating especially if there are no obvious signs of events needing a remedy. Ie. diaper is clean, baby just ate, baby isn’t too warm or too cold, baby was fine being held just a second ago and … Read More Baby Sign Language

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What Every Parent Should Know About School Accommodations

A common occurrence in my office is parents who come in with the concern that their child is struggling in school, but they often don’t know where to turn. Knowing what resources are available to your child is the first step in your ability to advocate for them. There are two main federal laws that describe the services that children are eligible for and … Read More What Every Parent Should Know About School Accommodations

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Understanding Bullying in School Age Children

What is bullying? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” In a 2011 Pew Research study: 12% of all teens report being bullied in person in the last 12 months 9% of all teens say they were bullied by text message in the last 12 months 8% say they … Read More Understanding Bullying in School Age Children