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Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in News

Five Mistakes New Parents Can Avoid

Don’t be scared of your first time as parents. Nobody is born with the skills to be a perfect mother or father. It is a process that you learn about as your child grows. Here’s a little secret, all parents make mistakes! Chances are that you will too. It would be nice to have a way to avoid some of the more common mistakes though, wouldn’t it? Well then, here are five mistakes that you would do well to know about in order to avoid them. Getting anxious over the smallest of things A baby is delicate and needs your protection to survive in this world, but that doesn’t mean that you should worry over everything. Babies are made to cry, spit up and have irregular bowel movements. It is your job to take care of it, and not start panicking. Not everything is a symptom for a serious illness. Allow your mind to relax. The last thing you want right now, as parents to an infant, is to...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, News, Parenting

Eight Signs Your Child is Being Bullied

Bullying can be a traumatic experience for children. If your child has been behaving differently, chances are that he or she is being bullied. Though you would like your children to be forthright about it, you should understand that they may mostly be embarrassed or scared to talk about it. As a parent, it is your responsibility to look for signs of distress in your child’s behavior and act on them.   Here are a few red flags that you should be aware of and look out for: Avoiding school If your child pretends to be sick every day in hopes of getting to stay at home, she is probably being bullied at school. It is normal for children to fake illness once in a while to avoid going to the school, but if the habit seems persistent then there might be an underlying reason for it. A lot of kids facing bullying lie to their parents about school activities getting canceled, so that they do not have to...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Depression, Family, News, Therapy

Could Your Child Be Depressed?

The majority of people think depression affects only adults. Maybe you have a child at home who is suffering from depression and you might have passed it off it as bad mood, stress from school or simply attributed their mood to general growing up. Just as parents take care of the physical well being of their children, it is also important to be aware of their emotional and mental health. About depression Depression is a mental illness that affects our moods and in turn, our moods affect the way we act and react. When we are in a bad mood, we experience a feeling of irritability, hopelessness, anger, numbness or all of those combined. When such a state lingers for a prolonged time, it can be identified as a depression. Recognize the signs of depression in children In defense of parents or adult caretakers, it is not easy to recognize signs of depression in kids or teens. They go through many physical changes that affect their moods on a...

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Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Children, News, Parenting, Teens, Toddlers

Carving Out Time For Each Child

A common dilemma faced by almost all parents is how to find time in our busy lives to give each of our children special, quality time. This is especially difficult when you are the parent of children with special needs. But we also know that this special playtime can be invaluable to the parent-child relationship, and to the child’s self-esteem – all of which impact behavior in the home and the quality of family life for everyone. What I often tell parents is this – carving out time for each child does not have to be long and complicated. Often, spending 10 minutes each day or a few times each week can impact our children in powerful ways. We often think that we have to devote long periods of time, or take our children out of the house to do special things, for this time to be considered “quality time.” Not so! In fact, this particular mindset often creates a lot of guilt and feelings of being overwhelmed in...

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Posted on Nov 9, 2014 in Parenting, Toddlers

How Can I Encourage a Toddler to Stay in Bed Until Morning?

The bedtime routine with toddlers is a common struggle for many parents. This situation can be extremely exhausting for parents, and for children too. Especially those of us who have to get up early and go to work all day the next day. In the end, we often feel like just giving in to whatever our toddler’s demand are, because it is often easier than fighting the nightly battle with them. But, then we know that just perpetuates the cycle, and we are then back to square one – often more tired, frazzled, and sometimes hopeless. There is hope – I promise, but it does take some work on the front-end. However, what I know to be the case is that if you put in some extra work on the front-end, it will pay dividends in the long-run, and everybody should sleep better! That means you have to be firm and consistent. First, we have to look at potential underlying causes, as there are many reasons that a toddler...

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