Parenting

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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Helping Your Preschooler Handle Strong Emotions

The stress of the past year has been overwhelming. It is unclear when exactly current restrictions in place to protect us from Covid-19 will be lifted and when we can go back to “normal.” We as humans are constantly changing and adapting to the need to be safe in a pandemic, causing job and family…

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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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Limit or Permit?: A Parents’ Guide for Monitoring Social Media

The existence of the Internet has only complicated things. As Internet usage continues to prevail in our everyday lives, every parent struggles to determine what is appropriate for their kids. Many question when to give their kids privacy and when to intervene. It’s impossible to predict when social media use is going to be helpful…

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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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The Worst Advice Given By Parents

Most parents strive to be great at parenting. We want “the best” for our kids so they grow up to be successful. However, research has shown that successful kids don’t come from what has classically been doled out as parenting advice. Healthy eating habits, self-control, social skills, and compassion for others are trademarks of a…

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How To Help Kids When Big Emotions Happen

Supporting our kids as they learn emotional regulation   When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.  – L. R. Knost    One of the tasks children and teens (even some adults) struggle the most with is emotional regulation.  When individuals are struggling with…

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Can Kids Do Teletherapy? Yes!

Teletherapy and Kids: Engagement and Relationships Close your eyes for just a second…  Ok, I suppose you can’t close them and read at the same time, but just go with me here. Pretend you’re a little one again. Life is REALLY different right now. School ended early for the year and the world just feels…

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