Help Your Child Get Organized and Back on Track

It’s already October, (which happens to be ADHD awareness month). Are you finding that your child’s homework no longer makes it home nicely placed in its corresponding folder? Or perhaps the planner is not getting the consistent use it once was during those first weeks in September. Along with the changing of the season and […]

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Navigating Parent-Teacher Conferences

It feels like school just started! But the homework battles and mounds of papers on my kitchen counter tell me that school is fully underway, and we are already nearing the end of the first quarter. Whether the school year has been calm or hectic for you, it is about to kick into high gear […]

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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 get top scores.  We want them to play on the right teams and to work […]

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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 well-being rather than the disappointments their children experience. It’s no surprise children and adolescents do […]

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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 about meeting with a therapist. Many parents have asked me how to talk to their […]

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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 prevent sadness, disappointment, frustration, or confusion, but we can help them identify, accept, and express […]

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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, and creating meaningful relationships—all things most parents want for their children. Kids need intrinsic motivation […]

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