Category Archives: School Issues

4 Ways to Handle Back to School Behavior Problems with Your ODD Child

By Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney Studaker-Cordner LMSW The start of every school year brings all sorts of images to mind: shopping for clothes and school supplies, getting back into a routine of dinner and bedtimes that may have become relaxed during summer, and relief from arguing siblings who have been stuck together 24/7 for the […]

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Dreading Parent-Teacher Conferences? Try This New Approach

by Anna Stewart, Family Advocate Soon we will be carving pumpkins, raking leaves, pulling scarves out of the back of the closet…and bracing ourselves for parent-teacher conferences. Some parents go to conferences expecting glowing reports, but many of us dread them.  Maybe it’s because, like me, you’ve had a prior bad experience.  I remember going […]

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“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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Is It ADHD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder? 4 Ways to Help Your Child Focus

by Dr. Robert Myers, Child  Psychologist   Is your child forgetful, irresponsible, moody and prone to daydreaming? Does   he seem to lack motivation and become easily bored? This behavior could be   related to SCT, or “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Disorder.” This new way of  looking at certain ADHD-like symptoms in kids has been  generating quite a […]

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Child Losing Steam? How to Keep Kids and Teens Motivated at School

by Janet Lehman,  MSW   Is your child or teen fighting with you every step of the way lately, from  refusing to get up on time in the morning, to complaining about homework at  night? For so many families out there, this time of year is really tough. Your  kids are tired, their teachers are […]

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“I Hate School!” What Can I Do When My Child Refuses to Go to School?

by Sara Bean,  M.Ed. “I hate school! I’m not going.” If you’re like most parents, you probably take the responsibility of getting  your kids to school very seriously and get angry and frustrated when they refuse  to go. This can easily turn into a power struggle if you feel this is a “battle”  you  have […]

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Responding to School Violence: How to Move Forward with Your Family

by Elisabeth Wilkins, Empowering  Parents Editor   Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, I’ve  been feeling out of  control and ill at ease, and I suspect I’m not alone. There’s  no way to go back  and change the outcome of that terrible day. We can’t make  those horrific,  tragic events turn out any […]

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