Posts by Erin Graham

Problem Solving Skills for Kids

Problem Solving is an Important Skill According to biglifejournal.com, when faced with a challenge, kids with problem solving skills manage their emotions, think creatively and persist until they find a solution.  Kids who are able to solve problems on their own tend to be happier, more confident and more independent.  All things we want for…

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In Person Learning After Covid-19

In just about one month, most local schools will be kicking off the start of the 2021/2022 school year. With lower positivity rates and a significant portion of the population being vaccinated, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is encouraging all schools to return to in-person learning if at all possible.  But what exactly…

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Dear Class of 2020 Parents

Dear Class of 2020 Parents, As we recognize and celebrate the class of 2021, we are also continuously reminded of all the activities the class of 2020 either didn’t get or looked remarkably different than anticipated.  There were canceled field trips, proms, senior awards, graduations and activities.  And while those activities may not look like…

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Savoring: A New Mindfulness Method

Research has shown there are many benefits to mindfulness. It can decrease stress and improve overall mood and increase creativity and focus.  It improves your overall health and, specifically, your immune system.    Mindfulness can also slow aging and memory loss.  Honestly, the benefits of mindfulness almost seem too good to be true.  We should all…

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Positive Self Talk

“Of all the people on the planet, you talk to yourself more than anyone. Make sure you are saying the right things.” – Harvey Smith According to growkidsminds.com, we talk to ourselves more than all other conversations combined. Self-talk makes up 80% of all of our communication! Self-talk is your internal dialog. It can be…

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When Anxiety Comes Out Sideways

Anxiety isn’t always easy to recognize. Oftentimes, when dealing with kids, teens and even some adults, anxiety doesn’t present itself as them saying “I feel worried” but, instead, as behaviors.  These behaviors may include yelling, hitting, crying, kicking, and shoving. They may refuse to do what they have been asked, attempt to control the situation,…

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Emotional Co-Regulation

Co-regulation is something you can do to help your child. Children who are struggling to regulate their emotions often are easily frustrated, overreact, tantrum, hit, yell, throw things and generally feel out of control.  As parents, we want nothing more than to help them but it can feel overwhelming.     Emotional regulation is simply the…

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Let’s Talk About Apps

It is nearly impossible to stay current on all the apps that are presently available, let alone keep up on what is trendy, but “being in the know” is one way to protect your children online.  As we continue our social media blog series, let’s tackle getting familiar with the apps and platforms teens and children…

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Protecting Yourself from Second-Hand Anxiety

Do you feel anxious when your child or teen is anxious?  Can you feel your own anxiety rising as your child retells an anxious event from their day?  In all likelihood, the answer is yes.  This phenomenon is called second-hand anxiety.  Second-hand anxiety simply means feeling anxious because someone else is anxious.  This happens because our…

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Be Careful, Be Brave

Four reasons why we should quit saying “be careful” and what to say instead Spend time on any playground or park and you will hear adults (or even yourself) calling out to kids to “be careful”.  We have the best of intentions and just want to keep our kids safe.  We do not want our…

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