Category - Family

Living with a depressed spouse

by Kip Zirkel, Ph.D., Family & Children’s Center Supervising Psychologist When you find a married person who is depressed, chances are pretty good you’ll also find an unhappy marriage. According to a study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a spouse’s level of depression is a good indication of marital satisfaction, and the burden of […]

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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 child as they head into their first apartment or dorm room and you get in your car and drive away. Sending a child to college isn’t easy. Mixed feelings about sending a child to college It’s a scenario many […]

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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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Benefits of play aren’t just for kids

Play is fun for everyone and is full of benefits for all participants… children AND parents! Play is the language of children and toys are their words. Watching a child play, especially imaginative play, gives lots of insight into the child’s take on the world. Is it friendly, scary, full of problems, or a hopeful, […]

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How to Protect Kids: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Brienne Shaker, Family Advocate and Forensic Interviewer, Family & Children’s Center–Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center You have been hearing a lot about child abuse prevention lately and I bet you are asking yourself, what can I do to protect my kids? Well here is what you can do… get educated. You can educate your kids and […]

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Behavior Challenges during the Holidays

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC-IT, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor Do you notice changes in your children’s behavior around the holidays? Does there seem to be more whining? More demanding? More attitude? It can be disenchanting to try to get to everything on your to do list amidst the emotional roller-coaster ride on which our children seem […]

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Setting yourself up for a Healthy Holiday Season

Julie Fogel, Community Support Program Case Manager In some countries, the word “holiday” means the same as “vacation”.  That being said, most of us would find this difficult….perhaps even impossible to believe.  It’s no secret that holidays are often filled with “want to do” and “need to do” tasks” which result in our personal expectations […]

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The Benefits of Giving Thanks

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC-IT, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor Giving thanks; expressing gratitude; showing appreciation; counting your blessings; looking on the bright side of life…. There are many ways to phrase taking time to recognize the good things you’ve got going on. There is also scientific research that suggests the daily practice of gratitude exercises can […]

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Homework Success

Staci Glynn, MAC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor School is once again back in session and that means friends, extracurricular activities and homework. Often times, kids do not enjoy homework; however, it is an important part of learning. Homework offers children the opportunity to practice what they learn in school and to build important […]

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