Help! My Teen Has No Motivation.

Low energy. Boredom. Only interested in electronics. Motivating teens can be a struggle in the best of times, and restrictions and social distancing make things worse. It may just be a phase, but you're concerned. What's a parent to do? Here’s some insight: Everyone is motivated Everyone is motivated, but some teens are less motivated than others or motivated by different things. If your…

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Tips to Build Emotional Resilience in Kids

Like adults, kids experience stress. From bullying to divorce to changes in routine, all children need to be capable of working through challenges. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, or even failure. It’s a skill that’s developed, and you can help your kids build resilience in the face of obstacles with these tips: Spend time with your kids Spend quality…

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Is Your Child Lonely?

Whether you have an only child or a kid that depends on the outside world for peers with their interests, navigating the pandemic can be especially challenging. While the situation is temporary, the lack of school, sports, and group activities may lead your child to boredom, anxiety, and isolation. Here are steps to take if you’re concerned that your child is lonely: Make time…

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Talking to Your Kids About Race

As society continues to confront the complex realities of racism, it’s important to talk about race with your children. Without adult guidance, kids may develop biased attitudes from exposure to negative racial stereotypes, disparities, and segregation. Here are some ways you can introduce racism and teach your children to be inclusive and just: Start Early Children notice differences across racial lines, but noticing differences…

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Navigating Parenting Challenges & How to Refocus

Your two toddlers are mesmerized with an episode of Daniel Tiger, so you step out of the room for 60 seconds to pick up your baby from her nap. What could go wrong in 60 seconds? You return and find your three-year-old has discovered that yogurt squeazies are an art form, and your living room was his canvas. You’re frustrated when you see the…

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Summer 101

Summer is an exciting time!  School is out, the days are long, the sun is strong, and you can relax.  Well, maybe in theory.  I have heard from parents and children alike that summer can be daunting.  Some people can experience distress with less routine and structure, especially children.  This unease may lead children to experience an increase in anxiety, feel a lack of…

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Got Kids? Got Guilt.

As I sit here tonight thinking about what to write for this article, I also have passing thoughts of “If and how will me missing a crucial part of their day (bedtime) several nights a week have an impact?” and “Is letting them watch Moana while I eat my lunch in peace messing up their development?” Comments from other people and comparing on social…

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