Children

Learning From Failure

Let’s face it, no one likes to fail.  It can be embarrassing and frustrating and, at times, it can lead to major setbacks.  And, as parents, isn’t it our responsibility to protect our children?  The answer to this question is a complex yes and no.   The reality is failure is an inevitable part of life. …

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Talking To Teens About Mental Health

(March 29, 2022) We need to talk to teens about mental health because teens need to know they can take charge of their own mental health.   According to the national institute of mental health (NIMH) in 2020, 31.9% of adolescents experience some type of anxiety disorder with 8.3% of them being severe.  NIMH also reported…

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Problem Solving Skills for Kids

(August 16, 2021) 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…

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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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My Three-Year-Old is Acting Like a Teen!!

Typical Three-Year-Old Behaviors and How to Adjust to Your Threenager. We are all familiar with the “terrible twos” concept; the tantrums and struggles a 2-year-old may present can be challenging for sure. You are a brave, strong parent when you realize you and your family have survived the terrible twos. There is a sigh of…

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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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Postpartum Care: Baby’s First Weeks Home

It Takes A Village When I had my first child 29 years ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to have my mom stay with us for 10 days after his birth. Before the birth, I wasn’t really sure that I wanted our special time when we brought our baby home “invaded,” even by…

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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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Laziness is a MYTH

“Stop being lazy!”  This is a sentiment used all too often, whether it comes from a parent, peer, or ourselves. While it often comes from a place of trying to inspire motivation, it actually does more damage than we think. If you think about it, nobody who gets called “lazy” ever says: “You know what,…

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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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