Category Archives: Kids

“Our Morning Routine Isn’t Working”— 6 Ways to Fix It Now

“Our Morning Routine Isn’t Working”— 6 Ways to Fix It Now by Megan Devine, LCPC Maybe you started out the school year on the right foot. All those late summer discussions about your kids getting organized, laying their clothes out the night before, getting out of bed on time, fixing their own breakfast, getting through […]

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6 Brain Training Exercises for Children and Teens

by Dr. Robert Myers, Child Psychologist When you look at kids and people in general, it’s easy to see that we all have differences in our “wiring,” in how our brains work. As a parent, you see these differences between your children every day. Your son is great at figuring out how long it will […]

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Parental Anxiety? 5 Ways to Relieve the Worry

by Debbie Pincus MS LMHC Sometimes we parents don’t think we are anxious because we are not trembling in our boots.  Often there is no visible sign of how anxious we are.  Yet when we look inside our heads, we notice that we spend a lot of time thinking about our kids—sometimes scary thoughts about […]

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The Surprising Reason for Bad Child Behavior: “I Can’t Solve Problems”

by Sara Bean, M.Ed. What causes bad child behavior? James Lehman says it happens because children don’t yet know how to solve problems effectively. To put it another way, they’re trying to handle many of the situations that life throws at them by acting out. They do this, frankly, because it’s working for them. But […]

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Inside Your Teen’s Brain: 7 Things Your Teenager Really Wants You to Know

by Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney  Studaker-Cordner LMSW   “Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your teenager’s head?” What  was she thinking when she made that choice? Why won’t he listen to what I’m telling him? It can  seem as if an adolescent is  completely wrapped up in a separate world, feet  planted […]

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Is Your Child Responsible Enough to be Home Alone? Dos and Don’ts for Parents

by Megan Devine,  LCPC   Many parents are at a loss for what to do with their older children during  the summer months – they may get the summer off, but you  probably don’t. That leaves a whole chunk of time to fill each day. How do you  know if your child is responsible enough […]

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Life Lessons for Kids and Teens: 5 Skills Every Child Needs to Learn

by Anna Stewart, Family  Advocate   When my son received his GED this year, I put together a small scrapbook for  him with photos, quotes, and cards from his friends. I also considered the life  skills he’s already mastered and thought about the ones he’s still working on.  The big “a-ha moment” for me? Realizing […]

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Defiant Young Children and Toddlers: 5 Things Not to Do

by Dr. Joan Simeo  Munson   “I won’t do it!” “You can’t make me!” “I’m not   going!” Do you ever find yourself wondering, “When will  this child stop defying me  and start doing what I ask?” It can be incredibly  frustrating, not to mention  exhausting, dealing with a young child or toddler  who finds it […]

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How to Respond to Disrespectful Children and Teens

by Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney Studaker-Cordner LMSW A child’s disrespectful behavior can be a parent’s greatest “button-pusher.” A dad recently shared his frustration about his 14-year-old daughter’s disrespect: “I told her she couldn’t go to a party until her room was picked up – it’s an absolute mess – and she just exploded. She […]

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Perfect Parents Don’t Exist: Forgive Yourself For These 6 Parenting Mistakes

by Sara Bean,  M.Ed. Guilt and parenthood just seem to go together. Maybe you lost control and  screamed at your child today, or perhaps you’re struggling to give your kids  enough—or you might be worrying that you’re doing too much. Whatever the cause,  most parents experience guilt regularly. I’ve talked with so many people who  […]

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