Category: Parenting

+

Strategies for Parenting Children with ADHD

Tips for how to engage in positive parenting for children with ADHD.

+

COVID and Child Abuse

2020 has been filled with many unforeseen and unpredictable challenges, many of which have not changed in 2021. Rising unemployment, school closures, stay at home orders, social isolation, financial strain, food insecurity, and many more struggles have affected millions of children and their families. These stressors all contribute to an increase in stress which unfortunately increases risk of family violence including intimate partner violence … Read More COVID and Child Abuse

+

5 Tips for Promoting Independence in Children

It is not unusual for anxious children to avoid or withdraw from new or unfamiliar experiences. There is often an assumption by the child and from others that they are less capable than other children. However, it’s important to not mistake an aversion to acquiring new skills to lacking the ability to do so. What might be happening is that the child may feel … Read More 5 Tips for Promoting Independence in Children

+

5 Tips For Handling Difficult Conversations With Children

2020 was an immense challenge for children and their families, and the start of 2021 has also been rocky. Many of us were hopeful about the New Year being a lighter, happier, and less difficult year but there is still much turmoil in this country which is hard to ignore. The struggle facing many parents is how to raise children in this environment, and … Read More 5 Tips For Handling Difficult Conversations With Children

+

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is characterized by a persistent pattern of symptoms that interfere with social and occupational/academic functioning. ADHD begins in childhood, and to meet criteria for the diagnosis onset of symptoms must be before the age of 12 years, and symptoms must be present in more than one setting (e.g., home and school). There are 3 … Read More Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

+

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

+

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

+

6 Ways to Help Children Navigate the Challenges of 2020

6 Ways to Help Children Navigate the Challenges of 2020

+

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

+

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

+

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

+

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