Children (ages 6-9)

No more teachers, no more books! Helping parents stress less this summer

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:13+00:00 May 30th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The kids are almost done with school. Everyone’s counting down the days, although parents may be feeling a mix of emotions… happiness, dread, anxiety; all are common and it doesn't make you a bad mom or dad if you’re not totally jazzed that your kiddo will now be with you all. day. long. For stay-at-home parents, it’s not uncommon to dread the end of the school year, as it often means a full-time commitment to your child. Keeping kiddos entertained for the entire summer can be an extremely taxing job, and many parents feel stressed about taking on responsibility for [...]

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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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Skinny Like a String Bean

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:14+00:00 February 3rd, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

I was a really skinny kid. Skinny as in “string bean” skinny. Skinny as in all arms and legs, like scraggly tree branches on a sad little sapling. During most of elementary and middle school, I was skinny like this, and it was embarrassing. My clothes were always too big, and when I had to get glasses AND braces my self-esteem really plummeted. Kids at school weren't very nice about my appearance either. I went to a very small Catholic school, and thus had to tolerate teasing from the same kids throughout elementary and middle school. Luckily, we wore uniforms [...]

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What Color is Skin?

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:17+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Children (ages 6-9)|

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As I reflect on the significance of this day, I am struck by how far we've come since the 1960's in accepting diversity in our nation. I smile as I think of our country's youth, and my smile grows bigger as I recall a recent experience I had observing perceptions of diversity through the eyes of today’s children. A few weeks ago, I was facilitating a children's social skills group. The kiddos participating in the group were boys and girls ranging from 6-10 years old. It was nearing the end of the hour [...]

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TVs in Kiddos’ Bedrooms: Yes, No, or Maybe?

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:17+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

As I was browsing the news this week, I came across an article on myhealthnewsdaily.com discussing the link between childhood obesity and bedroom TVs. Check out the link below to read the article: Bedroom TVs Linked to Childhood Obesity The new study discussed in the article was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. As a parent, it’s up to you to instill healthy habits in your children. According to the new study discussed above, having a TV in a child’s bedroom is linked to reduced sleep, which is a factor that’s been associated with [...]

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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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