1. Less Yelling in 2023: Steps for Better Communication With Your Kids.

    Q: As I am thinking about New Year's Resolutions, my goal is to not yell at my kids as frequently. As a working mother, it has been challenging to give my kids attention. By the end of the day, I lose my temper and yell at them. I later feel guilty and eventually apologize to them. However, this yelling-apologizing cycle has gone on too long. How can I stop myself? A: You’re not alone, lots of p…Read More

  2. Why People Consider Parent Coaching and Counseling

    Parents have the hardest job out there, yet there’s little (if any) training before we’re thrown into the thick of it! As your child grows and develops, the job constantly changes, which means the demands on you as a parent are ever-changing as well. Even if you are a reader, the book you read last year may not apply this year! Parents often lack the support they need and deserve, leaving them…Read More

  3. Celebrating Children’s Christmas Birthdays

    If you ask a child who celebrates Christmas about their favorite day of the year, their answer will likely be one of two occasions: the aforementioned December holiday or their birthday. But what happens when these two occasions fall on the same day? According to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight on daily births in the U.S. from 1994 to 2014, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Christmas Eve were th…Read More

  4. Sending Encouraging Notes to Your Child

    We are very proud of our very own Jessica Payne, LCSW-C, who contributed to the writing of this article by offering her wisdom and experience to the author. Scroll down or click the image to read in it's entirety. When raising kids, there are few things more important and more beneficial than encouragement. Encouraging them to make decisions on their own, to put themselves out there, or to try som…Read More

  5. The Whole Brain Child Summary Slides

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  6. Homework Woes!

    Q: My child spends so much time on homework and has so little to show for it. He seems to take forever to get rolling with it, gets derailed with anything and everything, whines and complains about doing it, and sometimes even when he does his homework thoroughly and well, he might not turn it in. What the heck?! A: You may be surprised at how common what you’re describing can be. Your child mig…Read More

  7. What are Executive Functions?

    What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are a core collection of higher order mental skills that help us to learn, work, manage our lives, and interact with others. They include: Inhibiting responses Working memory Emotional control Sustaining attention Beginning tasks Planning and prioritizing Organizing Time management Setting and working towards goals Flexibly shifting between tasks M…Read More

  8. Dancing for me or for everyone else?

    Q: I’ve been considering quitting dance and I’m worried that my parents will be upset with me if I go through with it. I’ve been dancing since elementary school and I’m currently on a travel team. On top of that, I’m one of the co-captains of my school dance team. Lately, I’ve been losing interest in dancing. I’m only sticking to it to avoid upsetting those around me, especially sinc…Read More

  9. Grief During The Holidays

    Q: The holiday season has always been a grand affair at my house with family reunion meals, festive decorations, and endless eggnog. My family always took it very seriously, especially my dad who dressed up as Santa and partied the hardest. Unfortunately, my father passed away in February with COVID. Now, I’m dreading the holiday season and my house feels so heavy. I can’t even bring myself to…Read More