Dads, Your Tween Girls Need You

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A nine-year-old girl sits in my office, spinning on my desk chair. She’s avoiding a question that hangs in the air, hoping to find a distraction. It … [Continue reading...]

5 Ways to Help Girls Feel Self-Confident

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Image credit: Pexels “I don’t get it. She’s smart. She’s kind. She’s athletic. She has a ton of friends… but she doesn’t see it.” A mom of an … [Continue reading...]

How Heavy is Your Backpack? An Exercise in Empathy For School Age Kids

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The end of the school year can be tough. As parents, we feel like we're crawling to the finish line. We're so close, but there's still so much to be … [Continue reading...]

Studies Show Harsh Discipline and Spanking Are All Harm and No Good – Try This, Instead

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Breaking news from Science Daily: The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to act out, defy their parents, engage in aggressive and … [Continue reading...]

How to Deal With Explosive Temper Tantrums

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Josh* was seven-years-old when his mom reached out to me. I will never forget the phone call. Two minutes into her description of her son’s temper … [Continue reading...]

10 Strategies to Help Your Anxious Child in the Moment

10 Strategies to Help Your Anxious Child in the Moment

  Childhood anxiety is tricky business. There are a lot of misconceptions, and often times it either goes unchecked or becomes a blame game. … [Continue reading...]

How to Help Your Quiet Child Connect

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Ask my son about his day at school and you will get a play-by-play of his two recess periods. You'll find out what they played, who said something … [Continue reading...]

10 Things Your Anxious Child Wants You to Know

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I work with a lot of kids with anxiety. Not all of them meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder (some do, some don't), but they do have … [Continue reading...]

Raise Assertive Kids in 8 Easy Steps

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In the past two days, two wonderful small moments occurred. The first happened during a chemistry lesson in my daughter's classroom yesterday morning. … [Continue reading...]

How to Help Your Anxious Kid Avoid Avoidance Behaviors

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Avoid avoidance? I know, sounds like I missed something there, but stay with me. In the past few weeks, my inbox has been overflowing with questions … [Continue reading...]