3 Quick Keys to Deal with Inappropriate Behavior

What do you do when your children – no matter what the age – behave in ways that just do not work for you? There are options – screaming fights, spanking, ignoring, sarcastic word matches are some that many of us have used at times. Not our most stellar moments to be sure, and yet […]

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Media or Not to Media – Part 2

How do you determine how much media to allow your child to engage in, or passively watch in a day? This answer is different for each child in each family. Children with learning challenges, ADD/ADHD, and those on the Autistic Spectrum can be more sensitive neurodevelopmentally and therefore it is even more imperative that parents with these children […]

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Habit of Happiness

“I just want my child to be happy!” A statement I hear from almost every parent who has come to me to help their child and from most other parents I’ve spoken to about their children. This makes sense; of course we want our kids to be happy! What doesn’t make sense to me is […]

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Bring Back the Wonder….

There was an article in my local newspaper recently that stated, ” More parents are using IPad, other tech gadgets to keep young kids occupied, entertained while at home, out and about.” The author, Rasha Madkour, writing for Associated Press, goes on to quote many parents who wouldn’t go out without their iPads or phones […]

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9 Ways to Make Homework Time Easier

Homework is a fact of life for most students. I won’t get into my opinions, and the research that supports them, about how homework doesn’t really support learning or the need for down time after 6-7 hours of school. Let’s just talk about the reality of homework and how to make it an easier experience […]

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11 Things To Do To Help Your Child Strengthen Self-Esteem

“Nobody likes me!” “I hate myself!” “Everybody does ‘it’ better than me.” “There is no reason to live.” These are alarming and frightening things for a parent to hear. Are they true? How seriously should you take them? What should you do? You want to take it seriously enough to investigate further. Figure out how […]

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Insights into Adolescent Behavior and Learning

(Adapted, with permission, from Turning Point: Some Pivotal Insights into Behavior and Learning, by Judith Bluestone – creator of the HANDLE® paradigm.) The developmental stage of adolescence is a complicated one to say the least. It is a time when pulling away and the desire for independence live alongside vulnerability and a need for structure […]

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Protection and Independence – What is the Right Balance?

All parents face this question over and over again during their children’s lives. How do you keep your child safe and yet give them the opportunity to fall and get up again, learn from mistakes and build qualities of resilience? The solution, of course, changes with situation, age and developmental maturity. For those of you […]

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Kids with Sensory Issues Experience the World Differently, But How?

We are pretty egocentric actually! We see the world form our own perspective and kind of assume that everyone around us sees it or experiences it similarly. Often it doesn’t even occur to us that there is any other way to experience a situation or interpret what is going on. This can give us a […]

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It is all about What Happens in the Ring – Goals vs. Experiencing the Process

Can a goal hold you back rather than propel you forward? Common practice is to focus on the goal, and keep at it – over and over. Have you tried that with your child and found you are both frustrated and, even if the goal is reached, it is anticlimactic after all the struggle? (My […]

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