Children (ages 0-5)

Funnel clouds and magic wands: How to answer your child’s questions when natural disaster strikes

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens|

Natural disasters. They happen. Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes… they happen and all we can really do is try and be prepared. We can’t prevent them or alter their course, and we can’t know for certain we’ll be able to protect our family, if and when we experience such an unfortunate event. This feeling, this lack of being in control, of being able to do something, just doesn't sit well with most people. For me, in a sense, it makes me feel helpless. I felt this helplessness the other day as I met with a little girl for therapy. Often, when [...]

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Consequences that actually work

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Will you really make him eat his breakfast for dinner? Why do we threaten our kids with consequences we can’t possibly stick to? Like when you say to your child, “If you don’t stop whining right now, I’ll never buy you anything again!” Yeah right. For me, this one’s a no-brainer. We give kids consequences that don’t work for the same reason we do a million other things in life…. Why do we drive with the gas light on for 30+ miles, just hoping we won’t be that idiot on the side of the road? Why do we [...]

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10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling At My Kids: Blog Review

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 April 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Yelling is contagious The other day I received an email from a mom, who happens to be a good friend of mine. She sent me a link to a post, found on The Orange Rhino. The post, 10 Things I Learned when I Stopped Yelling At My Kids, was truly fascinating. The woman who wrote this post did not yell at her children for an entire year. Yes, that’s right, an entire year. 365 days. I was awestruck that anyone would be up for this challenge. In fact, this woman surpassed a year and had been going strong [...]

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Failure is A-Okay

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Failure is part of success NBC TODAY Momsrecently posted a video and related article by Amy McCready, titled The bright side of blunders: Why we should let kids fail. I found this article chalk-full of good advice on the positive lessons of failure. Like most good advice, however, it’s easier to read about than to actually execute, so I’d like to offer a few extra tidbits on how to make it easier to allow your kids to fail. The bright side of blunders: Why we should let kids fail explains if we swoop in and rescue our children [...]

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But It Tastes Yucky!

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 March 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5)|

Kids can be picky eaters. Some children eat very well and will try a variety of foods, while others tend to be the “macaroni and cheese for dinner every night” types. For those parents whose children are willing to try and eat diverse foods, this blog may not pertain to you. However, feel free to offer suggestions and advice to those parents who are struggling with picky eaters at home. So why are some children pickier than others when it comes to the food department? There are many theories about this including genetics and being a more sensitive child, but [...]

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Does My Preschooler Have ADHD?

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:17+00:00 January 13th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5)|

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder. It’s also a term loosely thrown around in today’s society. Additionally, you've probably heard of the term “ADD,” or “Attention Deficit Disorder,” which, according to theAmerican Psychological Association, does not exist. ADHD, however, has several subtypes to differentiate between inattentive symptoms, hyperactive/impulsive symptoms, and a combination of both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms. Preschoolers are usually children ages 3-5, and children of this age are typically quite active and often have difficulty paying attention for more than a few minutes. How then, do you know if your child is “typical” for [...]

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Daily Gratitude: Giving thanks for life’s little pleasures

By | 2012-11-10T17:55:00+00:00 November 10th, 2012|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving. We’re all getting geared up for the holidays and likely stressing and/or looking forward to spending time with friends and family. Because Thanksgiving is nearing, we might me thinking about thankfulness and gratitude more than usual, and as a parent, you hope to teach your children to express their gratitude too. However, for kiddos, gratitude can be a concept difficult to understand beyond “I’m thankful for my new legos.” As we all know, things usually get easier with practice, and feeling/expressing gratitude is no different. That being said, I challenge you to practice expressing [...]

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What to say and how to say it: Talking to your child after the diagnosis of a serious physical illness

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:18+00:00 October 7th, 2012|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

This post is a little late, seeing how September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but we all know cancer and other major childhood illnesses affect kiddos year round, so I hope it’s still useful. Learning your child has been diagnosed with a serious physical illness can be both heartbreaking and extremely stressful for both parents and children. While each member of a family may cope and respond differently to this difficult news, it is first and foremost important to clarify and discuss physical illness with your sick child. Children are intuitive and resourceful, and in most cases, they have a [...]

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How to talk to your kids: the Aurora theater tragedy

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:18+00:00 August 1st, 2012|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

As a parent, it can be difficult to talk to your child about tragedy. It’s especially difficult when we don’t have all the answers and can’t explain why someone would go into a movie theater and harm so many innocent people. However, as a parent, it’s your job to somehow explain this horrible occurrence. Click on the following link from Abc News to watch a short video about this very topic: how to talk to your kids In the above video, Dr. Robert Besser does an excellent job of discussing how to speak to your kids about the theater tragedy. [...]

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