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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...

February 14, 2020

​It’s Valentine’s Day today. Some people love it; others hate it.  I’m somewhat indifferent to it at this point in my life. I’d be more than happy to celebrate it, but I’m also totally good not.  I do send little valentines to my kids though. This year it was Thin Mint...

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...

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 8, 2019

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​It's back to school time and, in some ways it can't come soon enough. In others, we sort of dread it--not it, but the stress and emotions that come with it. It happens to all of us at some point: screaming matches between parent and child over homework habits.

  Jus...

July 10, 2019

​It’s Summertime, and that means school is out, and graduations and summer internships or jobs are in. For those of you with graduating high schoolers that means a lot of change is coming --for them and you.  You are both likely experiencing the full range of emotions....

June 25, 2019

She’s trembling, she can’t breathe, and she’s hyperventilating; seemingly all at the same time. She panics, you panic; welcome to the world of anxiety attacks. They can come on suddenly and without warning to people who suffer from anxiety. Although stress and anxiety...

April 28, 2019

My stomach hurts.” “I can’t sleep;” “Can you close my closet?” “Can I just sleep with you?”

Sound familiar? You are not alone--and neither is your child.

Obviously all children have times of anxiety when leaving their parents, or meeting new people, or going to a sleepo...

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