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Teaching Your Children to Have a Growth Mindset

Now that school is out and children are home for the summer, many parents have reached out to me concerned about their children’s lack of motivation.  The first thing I […]

How Social Media is Shaping Your Children

Our children, no matter what age, soak up everything.  They are sponges that absorb their friends, celebrities, social media, television shows, and movies.  For the most part, mature adults can […]

What’s Your Parenting Style? (And Which Style is Best)

Psychologists Baumrind, Maccoby, and Martin used observations and interviews to identify parenting styles. The researchers assessed disciplinary strategies, communication styles, displays of nurture and warmth, and expectations of maturity and […]

Avoid Making Assumptions

When was the last time you examined any assumptions you have made about your children? If you have not done this recently, follow the advice of Alan Alda, who said, […]

Resolving Sibling Conflict

“My children are constantly fighting, and I am losing my mind!” All parents with more than one child have expressed this frustration at least once. Just know sibling conflict is […]

 Slow Down to Help Kids Build Empathy

What is your primary goal for your child’s education? Is it getting good grades, collecting as many awards and scholarships as possible, or participating in as many sports and activities […]

Executive Functioning Skills… The Secret to Their Success

As a child, I loved playing the arcade game “Whack-a-Mole”. The goal was to hit the heads of moles every time they popped out of holes. The game started slow […]

The Importance of Risky Play for Children

In 2023, Ellen Sandseter, PhD and her team of Norwegian researchers determined the importance of “high risk” play. They found that children across the globe engage in six types of […]

Processing Positive Emotions

Recently, my counselor explained to me that I do not process positive emotions. This realization has been life changing for me. When I experience a negative feeling, I think through […]

How to Parent Beyond Focusing on Behaviors

“When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Dan Heijer An excellent tool to help parents with “overly emotional” children is the […]

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