Tweens (ages 10-12)

A case of the grumpies or childhood depression: How to figure it out in just a few easy steps

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 March 15th, 2014|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

People often think childhood depression is a myth. I mean, what could a kid possibly be depressed about? A lot, as it turns out... school difficulties, problems with friends, family conflict, health concerns; the list is endless. But the majority of kids experience at least some stress at one time or another, and not every child is depressed. So how does it happen? Good question. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of kids have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. However, depending on who you talk to, the causes of childhood depression are varied. [...]

3 tips for A+ January success

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 December 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Winter break is quickly approaching its final days. With the kids out of school for the past couple of weeks, your days have likely been anything but ordinary and routine.  Between the excitement of new gifts, an endless sugar supply, and late night bedtimes, you and your family are almost certainly a bit out of sorts. Rather than spending all of January trying to recover and get back on track, kick-start the new year and experience less family stress by following these three easy tips: ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE Once New Year’s has come and gone, begin picking up the pieces [...]

Grateful versus greedy: Getting rid of the gimmes this holiday season

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 December 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Every year Thanksgiving seems to pass more quickly, for just as soon as the last pumpkin pie dish is cleaned, plans for Black Friday shopping take over in full force. Sometimes it seems we don’t give Thanksgiving the time and credit it deserves, while we prepare and plan for Christmas weeks in advance. And have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving music doesn’t exist? I myself think it would be a refreshing alternative to hearing Christmas music in October. Being grateful and giving thanks sets [...]

10 simple ways to boost your kiddo’s self-esteem

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:04+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Self-esteem is defined as one’s perception of oneself. Healthy self-esteem is crucial in life. Why? Because it dictates how we relate to others, achieve at school, and perform on the job. As a parent, you strive to raise your child as an individual who believes he is capable, resourceful, and deserving of love. Lack of healthy self-esteem often leads to behavioral issues and mental health concerns, so here are 10 simple ways to boost your kiddo’s self-esteem every day: 1. PROVIDE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Let your kiddo know you'll love him no matter what. This doesn't mean you have to condone [...]

“You’re weird, Luisa!” Bullying prevention 101

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:04+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Earlier this month, I attended a play therapy conference for psychology geeks. Now that I'm an adult, I'm ok with being called a geek, and I don't mind it when people say to me, "Wow, Luisa, you're weird." But when I was growing up, it was a different story. Being called weird hurt my feelings and made me question my already-fragile sense of self. Each and every day, millions of kids suffer the effects of verbal bullying. We, as adults, can help prevent bullying by getting involved with our kids. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say and do, [...]

Keep your head above water and don’t drown: How to talk to your kids about our nation’s recent disasters

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It's been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged. And this morning, I awoke to the news about the Navy Yard shooting. Not that watching the news has ever really lifted my spirits, but the past few days have been pretty overwhelming and chalk-full of disaster and tragedy. I live in Denver so naturally all of the local news channels have been broadcasting nonstop about the floods. Last Thursday, when the flooding began, newscasters were quick to give out safety advice to all those possibly affected. [...]

“But Mom, it’s not fair!” 3 easy solutions for resolving sibling inequality

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 August 19th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

I grew up as the oldest of three girls. My sisters and I are fairly close in age; I'm two years older than my middle sister and five years older than my youngest sister. I'd say we generally got along pretty well while growing up, but as is common with siblings, we also had our fair share of squabbles. I remember many of our fights centered around the themes of fairness and equality. In fact, if my parents had a dollar for every time one of us said in a whiny voice, "But it's not fair!" they'd be retired by [...]

Foolproof tips for Back-to-School success

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about summer boredom... and now the new school year is right around the corner. It may be your first instinct to avoid thinking or talking about the new school year entirely. If you're like me, you're hanging onto the the last few weeks of trips to the pool, Dairy Queen treats, and bike rides at dusk. Don't get me wrong, I like to procrastinate and avoid change as much as the next person, but I always find it causes more headaches than if I'd just confronted the change head-on. As adults [...]

Sass & Spite: Teach your kids to be nice with these 3 easy tips

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

The Art of Niceness Ever heard the saying “Better to slip with your feet than with your tongue?” I came across this little nugget of advice on a teabag the other day. And I got to thinking about exactly why this statement rings true. Here’s my interpretation: If we slip and fall, we’re hurting only ourselves, both physically and psychologically. Sure, we may suffer a scraped knee and a bruised ego, but we’re not causing deliberate pain to anyone else other than our little old selves. However, when we say something spiteful to someone else, we usually end [...]

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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