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May 12, 2020

Now is The Time

Given the current SIP orders, this may seem like an odd time to suggest helping our kids become independent. But it's exactly now when we are all in our homes together with our children that we need to push on that. Tweens and teens can easily fall back...

May 7, 2020

​It’s almost Summertime, and that usually means school is out, and graduations and summer internships or jobs are in. Unfortunately, we all know that that is not the case this year. Spring is here and Summer is coming...but graduations, internships and jobs....not so m...

April 29, 2020

This pandemic and Shelter In Place has shaken up the world. As adults we know how to process our emotions and can understand the science behind Coronavirus. Still, we feel stunned and a bit helpless in the face of it; and we really don't know what to do with some of th...

April 22, 2020

Everything feels both chaotic and tentative at the same time right now. Schools are out, but still teaching. Proms are postponed or canceled. Senior week and pranks no longer brighten graduation week, and graduation week doesn't even exist. The health of our country--a...

March 30, 2020

1. Be Present

It's hard to always be open, present and actually with our kids mentally.To get present, pay attention to what you hear, feel, see and smell. By paying attention you come back into the moment right then. Then you can focus on your child--her demeaner, face...

March 24, 2020

Wow, teens offer their own brand of crazy! The eye rolling, the sarcasm, the moody silence and sudden anger can all take their toll, leaving you wanting to tear your hair out. Or theirs. Since that’s not really an option, we need to find ways to save our sanity and kee...

March 18, 2020

As millions of children are displaced from their schools due to the coronavirus, a sub-crisis has risen for American parents: What will the kids do all day? The widespread school closures have sent a ripple effect into parent communities as many scramble to find ways t...

March 5, 2020


 

        Spring is here and with it the time honored mother/daughter outing to find the perfect prom dress. An entire day of bonding. what could be better?  Before you get too excited, try to keep in mind that it can also be overwhelming and you don't want to make thi...

February 25, 2020

College applications are pretty much finished and submitted. Now the waiting starts--the agonizing waiting to hear did your teen get in or not? Did she get into her top pick? Was any merit or scholarship offered? There’s a lot to do, the stakes are high, the deadlines...

February 18, 2020

With all the electronics and  games being played on computers, tv's and apps, old-fashioned play happens less and less.  But research that shows a strong link between play and the development of cognitive and social skills. For example, play is linked to growth in memo...

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