The importance of developing your child’s self confidence

The importance of your child’s self esteem

Family | Parenting

Allowing children to develop their sense of worth, self esteem and self confidence is critical. These are all skills they are going to need as they mature. By their middle school year’s, children are expected to manage multiple courses, assignments and expectations. As well as deal with their changing bodies, a myriad of social complexities […]

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Family Dinnertime

Bring Back Family Dinnertime

Family | Parenting

For many, any given weekday evening is spent shuttling children to and from extra curricular activities. Family dinnertime often happens in the car or on the go, leaving very little face time. Certainly activities and extra learning experiences can be fun for our children. In fact, the physical exercise may be important since many children […]

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5 Ways Dads can still connect with their Daughters

5 Ways Dads can connect with their Daughters

Family | Parenting

Dads, hear me when I say this, your daughter still needs and wants a relationship with you. I know it may be hard to see, especially as your daughter hits adolescence. It may seem as she gains more independence; she wants to be around her friends more than home with dad or mom. You may […]

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Parenting Young Men is not for Wimps!

Family | Parenting

At any given time, on any given day, the topic of parenting teenage boys dominates my private practice. Parent’s emotions range from victory to defeat. The fact remains, parenting teenage boys is not an easy task, nor for the faint of heart. Here are some basic strategies you can adopt to help survive “The Teenage […]

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Social Media Management for Parents

Social Media Rules of Engagement: Parent’s Edition

Family | Parenting

Social media is here to stay and parents need to get on board. Apps such as such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, ooVoo, WeChat, Vine and KakaoTalk are more popular then ever among young users ages 11 to 17. Children and Teenagers utilize social media to stay connected, communicate with friends, complete school assignments and […]

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Teenage Anxiety- Symptoms and Solutions

Anxiety | Parenting

Whether they deserve it or not, teenagers have a reputation for being moody, belligerent and oftentimes downright difficult. These same behaviors can also be signs your teenager may be struggling with anxiety. According to the National institute on Mental Health (NIMH) the average age of onset for anxiety is 11 years old, or around 5th […]

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When college isn't in the cards

7 alternatives when college isn’t an option

Family | Parenting

7 Alternatives when college isn’t an option A Guide for Parents of recent high school graduates I’ve had many parents ask me how they should deal with a child who just doesn’t want to go to college. In some cases their young adult is feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of handling a college course load. […]

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Teenage Suicide: Facts, Signs & Taking Action

Anxiety | Mental Health | Parenting

What are the facts regarding teenage suicide? • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease. • About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. • Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively […]

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Adolescent Anxiety

4 Steps to address adolescent anxiety

Anxiety | Family | Parenting

Question of the Week:  “School has been in session now for a few weeks. I thought that my son’s anxiety and stress level would have subsided by now. How can we talk about it, or better yet figure out what is going on?” First, let’s discuss the differences between stress and anxiety in regards to […]

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Communicating with your teenager

Communicating With Your Teenager

Family | Parenting

Morty is my 5 year old dog, a miniature dachshund that has a mind of his own and a stubborn personality; a standard among the breed. However, when he wants to eat, he will tell me. When he wants some water, he will let me know. When he needs to go out, a simple bark […]

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