Category - Children

Parent-Child Attachment

Attachment Types By: Alainna Hanson Based off presentation by: Chelsie Swenson, MS, LPCC Attachment is a type of bond that connects one person with another over time. Secure Attachment A secure attachment provides a good base for the child’s future accomplishments. Parents who do a good job at listening to their child, create more confident […]

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Co-Occuring Issues in Youth

Co-Occurring Issues in Youth By: Alainna Hanson Presentation Series by: Alicia Hengel, MA, LPCC, LPC What Are Co-Occurring Issues? Substance use and mental health conditions among youth are tightly connected. Mental health disorder- diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that interferes with how a child functions. Ex: depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders Substance use disorder- recurring […]

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Parenting: When the Children are Caught in the Middle

Written by Alainna Hanson based on the presentation series of Mike Hodson, MS, LMFT A healthy family structure can be a challenging thing to maintain. Over the years, families are faced with new obstacles and can react in a multitude of ways.  Some reactions can impact the family negatively. It is important to understand that […]

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The Importance of Reading

  The Importance of Reading to Your Child Alainna Hanson   Ready, Set, READ! There are many benefits to reading to your child. The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to their brain development. Children who are regularly read to see the advantages later in life.   The Best Way to Read […]

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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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