Category - Children

Battling — and winning — the homework wars

The new school year marks many new beginnings for families with school-age children. It means returning to a more structured routine, setting an alarm clock each morning, getting to know a new teacher, and for many parents, it also means another round of battling the homework wars. Homework is an essential part of learning While […]

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When your child starts asking questions about sex, it’s time to start talking

It’s a conversation many parents would like to put off as long as possible, but when your children start asking questions about sex, it’s time to start talking. Many children will begin asking questions at an early age. It’s not uncommon for pre-schoolers to ask where babies come from when their mothers or other women […]

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Social support as important as homework help

A new school year often brings with it a big dose of conflicting emotions. While children may be excited for a new year, new teachers and new friendships, they may also find those same things anxiety inducing, especially for kids who struggle with social problems. Those mixed emotions are even more pronounced for middle school […]

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Saying goodbye to your college freshman: Last-minute tips to ease the transition

It’s the moment you’ve been preparing for essentially since birth: that moment when you hug your college freshman as they head into their first apartment or dorm room and you get in your car and drive away. It’s a scenario many parents will face in the next few weeks as their high school graduates leave […]

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Keep birth order in perspective

Birth order is one of those interesting but gray areas in the study of human behavior where nature and nurture collide, and the temptation to explain rather than address can be considerable. Understanding it, however, is no different than understanding anything else about your natural inclinations — especially when used for insight and not excuse-making. […]

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Kids’ IQ — Reflecting nature or nurture?

It’s not uncommon for doting parents to mark every developmental milestone of their young children. Often, they look for indications their child is somehow gifted — that he or she will have extraordinary qualities to share with the world. What those parents may not realize is that very attentiveness may actually increase the odds of […]

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Teenage turmoil: it really is all in their heads

If you’re the parent of an adolescent, you know the joy: moodiness, defiance, confusion and reckless behaviors interspersed with the sweet child you used to know. It can be frustrating, tiring and nerve-wrecking, but it’s just nature at work. More specifically it’s your child’s brain at work, creating a swirling tsunami of electrical pathways—with a […]

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Your Child’s Mental Health: Five Questions to Ask Yourself

by Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor What were you thinking? Why do you keep doing that? These are questions you have probably asked your children out of frustration. Their behavior is sometimes difficult to understand because, unlike adults, children are not as good at regulating their emotions. Whatever the case, it can […]

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Creative Ways to Sneak in Family Time

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT Let’s face it, families are busy. Between cleaning the house, rushing your kids places, checking your work emails or even responding to extended family and friends on Facebook, there seems little time to cram in that “quality family time” that blogs like this go on and on about. So how […]

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Internet Safety for Kids

With summer in high swing, it is inevitable that kids will be spending more, often unsupervised, time on the internet. As a modern parent, there is great responsibility to protect your children from online dangers. Let’s take a look at how you can monitor your child’s internet usage. Talk with your child. Children look to […]

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