Coming From a Place of Care

As the school year progresses, you may notice your child’s assignments getting larger or more complex. Exams and projects can add to your student’s workload and make life more stressful in ways that affect the whole family. All children experience challenges with certain assignments, but if you notice a pattern of frustration or stress related to homework on a regular basis, it might be time to check in with your child.

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Navigating new school year fears

As the school year rolls back around, you may notice your child expressing reluctance in returning to school. Not to worry, this protest is very normal. In fact, up to 25% of school-age children typically express some sort of school resistance. Often the issues are minor, but for a small fraction of students something more serious may be going on.

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When Doing Their Best Gets in Your Child’s Way

Parents know how hard it is to get kids to do their homework. We struggle, giving them a w-i-d-e berth for autonomy, while resisting the urge to make them just sit down and get it done. (As if someone could make a kid do anything they don’t want to do!) It’s a balancing act many of us struggle with and often feel we fail at.

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Strengthening Parenting Builds Family Resilience

Supportive relationships create a foundation of resilience for all members of a family. When working with children and families, I find it helpful to highlight that resilience is not the absence of stress or challenges, but rather a family’s capacity to adapt and thrive when stressful situations arise. 

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Are We Facing an Anxiety Epidemic?

Are kids these days more anxious than in the past? This is one of the most commonly asked questions from parents, pediatricians, and teachers. A Google search for childhood anxiety epidemic comes up with over 5.5 million hits indicating anxiety is being discussed more frequently and more openly than in the past. However, there is no evidence to suggest anxiety is more prevalent now than it used to be. 

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