Category Archives: Parenting

How to Help a Grieving Child

Parents have a natural inclination to protect their children from pain. However, after the death of a loved one, children must go through the grieving process in order to experience emotional healing. As much as we may wish to shield children from pain following the death of a loved one, children will be impacted by […]

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Preventing Bullying

Approximately 25% of children are affected by bullying at some point in their school careers. Bullying is a significant problem that can lead to negative self-esteem, depression, and increased risk of suicide. Bullying is not a normal part of growing up. Steps can be taken by school staff and parents to create an environment of […]

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School Refusal

School refusal, also known as school phobia or school avoidance, is a form of extreme anxiety related to attending school. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, school refusal affects as many as 5% of children between the ages of 5 to 11. School refusal significantly impacts a child’s social, emotional, and educational development. However, […]

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Selective Mutism

Selective mutism, formerly known as elective mutism, is an anxiety disorder in which children who are capable of speech in certain settings, have other environments in which speaking does not occur. Most children show significant improvement with early intervention and typically begin speaking in all settings within one year.

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How and When to Praise Your Child

The words parents use with their children are one of the most powerful tools for shaping a child’s behaviors and attitudes. Praise can be extremely effective in helping your child learn life skills that can be applied later. However, research has demonstrated that some types of praise can actually undermine a child’s confidence and have […]

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Preparing for Your Child’s Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent-teacher conferences are a critical time to obtain information about how your child is doing in school. Most conferences are scheduled for about 20 minutes. Because time is limited, it is important to be prepared so that you get your questions answered and learn how best to partner with your child’s teacher. Here are some […]

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Helping Your Child Manage Anger

Many children have problems coping with anger. In fact, research suggests that nearly half of all children referred for counseling have anger management issues. Anger is a powerful emotion that can be difficult for children to control. Expressing anger appropriately can be learned in much the same way that a child learns to play the […]

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Creating a Reward System for Children

One of the most effective ways to encourage good behavior is to set up a reward system with your child. When children learn that good behaviors are rewarded and bad behaviors are ignored or punished, they learn to change their behaviors in order to obtain good things. A reward system does not have to be […]

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Homework Survival Guide for Parents

If you are like most parents, you have felt the frustration of battling over homework issues with your child. There are several things that you can do to ease the tension over homework and help your child gain the independent skills necessary to be successful. Homework time does not have to be a constant struggle.

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Back to School: 5 Tips for Parents

  The shift from a carefree summer to the structure and demands of a typical school day can be a difficult adjustment for some children. As the “Back-to-School” sales begin, now is the time to start preparing your child for these upcoming changes. Here are some tips to help your child successfully begin a new […]

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