Parenting

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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Anxiety or Panic?

(July 23, 2021) What is this feeling? Anxiety or panic can strike at any age. It can be especially hard to handle and cope with for  children or teens. The gut wrenching feeling slowly moving its way into your throat; making it hard to breathe, think, feel, or even speak. The big questions are always: …

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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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The Courage to Love Ourselves

“…celebrate ourselves for our courage to birth. The real question becomes not, ‘Have you done your breathing exercises?’ but rather, ‘Can you love yourself no matter how you birth, where you birth, or what the outcome?’” –Claudia Panuthos I have a badge of honor across my belly.  It reminds me of the pride and power…

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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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Newborn Parents in the Time of COVID

We did it! Not only did we survive 2020, many managed to get through a holiday season that looked drastically different from holidays past. There was a decrease of in-person family dinners, holiday parties, and white elephant games due to social distancing and staying safe. Many sacrificed, and have been sacrificing: missed graduations, absent proms,…

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