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 a few questions when they enroll their child in a sport and throughout their child’s […]

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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 too much screen time, followed by the anger and screams of that child when told […]

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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 rules or seems more hyperactive, defiant or hard to please than other kids, you’re definitely […]

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Conversations with Teens: Exploring Sensitive Topics

The recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has stirred lots of discussion amongst the media, parents, adolescents, and professionals working with adolescents. The series, based on a book of the same name by Jay Asher, explores topics of bullying, sexual harassment, rape, and suicide and is wildly popular among adolescents. Many adults are concerned that […]

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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 probably agree that responding to our kids with sensitivity and empathy is a good thing, […]

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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 the seniors I work with are faced with the tough, but good, problem of making […]

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Parents at IEP Meeting

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 can be more difficult to identify. IEP teams are most successful when parents and school […]

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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 following suggestions in place and then keep it going all year long. Teach Take advantage […]

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Developing Empathy

Most children begin to develop empathy as toddlers.  Your child’s ability to understand, value, and respect others’ thoughts and feelings will mature over time.  You can help your children to understand others’ feelings and feel for others in many ways. As you’re reading stories together, pay attention to the characters’ faces.  Every now and then, ask your […]

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