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December 2, 2019

Girls who have a positive relationship with their fathers achieve more academically, make better relationship choices and have more confidence.

Growing up, I had a great relationship with my dad, and I love to see my husband with our daughter. They have a special bond t...

November 15, 2019

Many college students come home for Thanksgiving, and while you're all looking forward to it, it can be an adjustment. You are excited about having her home, but you may also be nervous about what to anticipate.  It's often the first extended time at home since they le...

November 5, 2019

One of the really hard things about parenting young kids is that you don't know what you don't know. And your kids are too young to tell you. So when your child misbehaves or throws tantrums it's not easy to discern whether its a health issue or it's just an angry chil...

October 29, 2019

​In many ways we humans are always striving to do things on our own, right from the start. Babies insist on holding a bottle or picking up food themselves. Toddlers emphatically announce, "Me do it." The preschool years are a time of burgeoning growth as children gain...

September 16, 2019

Have a teen driver in the house? Here are 10 things you may not recognize as dangerous for them. Read on

September 9, 2019

Being a parent to a child with ADHD can take a lot of patience, especially during the school year when organization and time management are front and center every day. Although ADHD/ADD manifests differently, disorganization and a lack of time awareness are two common...

September 3, 2019

Let’s face it; the teen years can be notoriously challenging.

Our kids' hormones are raging, they are constantly testing our boundaries, and they are racing towards adulthood as we try to get them to hold onto these final days of childhood just a little longer. It’s not...

August 31, 2019

For your child to thrive you need to look beyond a tantrum

Being the mom of an anxious child is life changing. It changes the lens through which you read any parenting situation. It changes the tone of your voice; the ability to be spontaneous (ok, parenting in general...

August 21, 2019

As college drop-off day approaches, you and your teens are likely to wrestle with a wide range of emotions. On the one hand, you might struggle with anxiety, stress, sadness and worry about this next phase of your child's life. Then, at other times, you might find that...

August 8, 2019

College is a drastic, exciting and nerve-wracking change of life for freshman. As our kids get ready to go off on their own  we want to set them up for a successful year. We need to help them with their emotions--and ours. We need to handle drop-off day with aplomb as...

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