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Raising Successful Kids

Raising Successful Kids

From preschool through high school, it’s easy to get sucked into the trap of stressing (and over-stressing) about if our kids will grow up to be successful.  We want them to work their hardest, earn perfect grades, and study to...
The Great Balancing Act: Separating Work from Life

The Great Balancing Act: Separating Work from Life

Somewhere between the deadlines, presentations, meetings, and ‘to-do’ lists, we can lose sight of family time. Conflict between career and family life is one of the most common sources of stress for working adults. In this productivity-driven society that we...
Homework Help: 6 Tips for a Successful School Year

Homework Help: 6 Tips for a Successful School Year

It’s that time of year again. The dreaded “crazy evening rush” has begun. The slow trickle of homework is developing into a torrential downpour. Fortunately, or unfortunately, homework is a major part of going to school.  It’s the teacher’s way...
Cultivating Resilience

Cultivating Resilience

Have you ever noticed that parents don’t stand around and talk about how their child didn’t make the team, failed a test, or cried as they waited in line for a roller-coaster? Parents prefer to talk about achievement, growth, and...
Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Kids? Executive Function and The Problem with the Good Old Days

Are We Expecting Too Much Of Our Kids? Executive Function and The Problem with the Good Old Days

Parents will often recall the “good old days” of childhood, especially if they’re seeing their child struggling at home or in school.  It can be tempting to recall an era when seemingly kids did what they were told to do...
End-of-Summer Avoidance:  How to Prepare Your Child for the First Day of School

End-of-Summer Avoidance: How to Prepare Your Child for the First Day of School

In June, I had the pleasure of representing Meghan Barlow & Associates at the 15th Annual Milestones Conference. The presentation, “Dealing with Child Behaviors in Public”, covered various maladaptive behaviors…refusing to cooperate, tantrums, yelling, and talking back. A large portion...
Finding a Frame and Adjusting Your Focus: A Perspective On Navigating Challenging Situations (Part 2)

Finding a Frame and Adjusting Your Focus: A Perspective On Navigating Challenging Situations (Part 2)

In the last newsletter, I wrote about framing your challenges in a way that orients you and/or your child towards success.  Now that you’ve found your frame, you can practice zooming in and out on specific sections of the picture....
Introducing Therapy to Your Kids

Introducing Therapy to Your Kids

Going to therapy for the first time can lead to a variety of feelings in parents and their child. Worried, mad, surprised, confused, hopeful, hopeless, relieved, and other emotions may be the reaction your child feels when they are told...
Finding a Frame and Adjusting Your Focus: A Perspective On Navigating Challenging Situations (Part 1)

Finding a Frame and Adjusting Your Focus: A Perspective On Navigating Challenging Situations (Part 1)

When faced with challenges, no matter what those challenges are, I find that it helps to do two things.  First, figure out how to frame your challenges in a way that orients you (or your child) towards acceptance, resilience, and...
Keeping Things the Same in the Midst of Change

Keeping Things the Same in the Midst of Change

My family is experiencing significant changes this summer as we move from Chicago to Cleveland. As we walk through these changes as a family, our goal is to help our daughters transition as smoothly as possible.  We know we cannot...
Executive Function: 3 Reasons to Pay Attention

Executive Function: 3 Reasons to Pay Attention

Philip David Zelazo, a leading expert on the topic, defines executive function as ‘the deliberate, goal-directed control of behavior.’ These skills of self-regulation are the foundation supporting critical goal-oriented tasks such as learning and accomplishing new things, managing unexpected situations,...
Get Creative with Writing

Get Creative with Writing

A child’s desire to write is apparent in the earliest stages of life. Children are born with the innate ability to grasp objects at birth, and will try to satisfy that need with just about anything (including long hair). Within...
For the Love of The Game: Maintaining Perspective in Youth Sports

For the Love of The Game: Maintaining Perspective in Youth Sports

Many parents put an extraordinary amount of resources into their child’s sports, including time, money, and emotional energy.  Emotional energy?  That doesn’t sound right, but I think for a lot of parents, it’s true.  I encourage parents to ask themselves...
Summertime and Socializing Is (Not) Easy! Ideas for Maintaining Social Skills

Summertime and Socializing Is (Not) Easy! Ideas for Maintaining Social Skills

Eleven weeks. Eleven weeks?!! Can you feel the anxiety rising? If you are a parent of a child with social-emotional developmental delays, a 70+ day break from school can be very worrisome. Omitting the structure and routine of a five-day...
Screen Time Summer Survival Guide

Screen Time Summer Survival Guide

Electronics. I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love how easy they make everything, but hate how they seem to suck the brain right out of our kid’s head. The dazed, far-off stare of a child who has had...
This Summer, the Reward is in the Relationship

This Summer, the Reward is in the Relationship

The long sunny days of summer can offer opportunities for strengthening relationships (or perhaps, mending them) that may be hard to come by during the school year. If you find yourself feeling frazzled because your child constantly has trouble following...
Ideas for Outdoor Literacy

Ideas for Outdoor Literacy

With summer approaching and the weather warming up, it’s the ideal time to head outdoors and get creative. There’s no reason that early literacy needs to be limited to an indoor space. In fact, there are lots of ways to...
Conversations with Teens: Exploring Sensitive Topics

Conversations with Teens: Exploring Sensitive Topics

The recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has stirred lots of discussion amongst parents, adolescents, professionals working with adolescents, and the media.  The series, based on a book of the same name by Jay Asher, explores the topics of bullying,...
Steps to Help Prevent the “Summer Slide”

Steps to Help Prevent the “Summer Slide”

Steps to Help Prevent the “Summer Slide” Summer is almost here and I bet your children are already talking about the break from school. Honestly, as a parent, I am ready for the break as well. The summer months are...
Summer Solace: Strategies for Managing Behavior During the Summer Months

Summer Solace: Strategies for Managing Behavior During the Summer Months

You’ve finally got the school routine down. Lunch packing, remembering to fish out the crumpled worksheets from the backpack every night (if you’re an overachiever, you’ve managed to get your child to do it), and you’re finally getting those permission...
Eliminating Explosive Behavior: Intensive Treatment Package

Eliminating Explosive Behavior: Intensive Treatment Package

Learn effective strategies & interventions you can use to facilitate meaningful conversations and problem solving with your child Help your child learn to identify and address problems contributing to explosive or challenging behavior Learn to recognize what’s keeping your child...
Sensory Friendly Events in April

Sensory Friendly Events in April

AMC Sensory Friendly Films: Once a month AMC Theaters around the country offer a sensory-friendly screening of a kid-friendly movie. During these designated show times the lights are brighter, previews are eliminated and the volume is turned down. Families are...
Your Child’s “Big Feelings”

Your Child’s “Big Feelings”

When our kids have “big feelings,” intense emotional reactions to a situation, we as parents can end up having big feelings, too. Our kids can be pretty good at pulling feelings and emotional reactions from us. Most of us would...
Teenage Dream?

Teenage Dream?

College acceptance letters (or, sadly for some, rejection letters) have been making their way into mailboxes and inboxes over the last couple of months. Now is the time for many seniors to make their decision. In my practice, many of...
Reading to Young Children aka “Book Sharing”

Reading to Young Children aka “Book Sharing”

It seems that it is never too early to start reading to your children. In fact, it is one of the most important tools for building and solidifying your relationship with your child. The act of reading together enables you...
The Importance of Reading to Your Older Child

The Importance of Reading to Your Older Child

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, To pick up a book and read with a child. You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot, To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.” for the full...
Marriage Boot Camp

Marriage Boot Camp

In these days of tag-team parenting, those lazy hours spent talking and sharing experiences with a spouse can feel like a distant memory. To stay close, share a highlight of your day and a low point of the day.  Discussing...
Behavior Management 101

Behavior Management 101

Sometimes when we hear terms like “behavior management,” we think about kids with “behavior problems.” Really, all kids benefit from behavior management because all kids need to learn how to behave. Some kids learn a little more quickly than others...
TRAVELING WITH KIDS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE

TRAVELING WITH KIDS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE

“I’m going to need a vacation from this vacation.” It is difficult to relax while parenting and travel takes this challenge to a whole new level. Solution? Parents can prepare ahead of time and implement a few specific strategies along...
Parent Tips for Navigating the IEP Process

Parent Tips for Navigating the IEP Process

An individualized education program (IEP) meeting can be a stressful event for many parents! As parents, we only want our child to receive the tools they need to succeed – but when our child has a learning difference, the tools...
Indoor Recess Relief: Strategies to Help Your Child Be Successful

Indoor Recess Relief: Strategies to Help Your Child Be Successful

Frigid temperatures and icy conditions in these bitter winter months cause undesirable and unsafe outdoor conditions for our school children. This results in an increase in the frequency with which school staff must do something many students hate: move recess...
Parenting Resolutions: Values to Focus on in 2017

Parenting Resolutions: Values to Focus on in 2017

In our practice, we hear parents making the same general statement: I want my child to be happy and healthy. And even though most parents agree that their child’s mental and physical wellness is more important than the grades they...
Fostering Gratitude

Fostering Gratitude

The holidays can be a time of overindulgence, even when it comes to gift giving. Though none of us want our kids to “act spoiled,” we often can’t help spoiling them. To foster gratitude during the holidays, try putting the...
Coping with the Holidays

Coping with the Holidays

The holidays are a very exciting time; but with traveling, large groups, changes in routine, and decreased structure, they can also be a stressful time. Below is a list of helpful suggestions to make the best of your holiday season....