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Ending Inappropriate Classroom Behavior Before It Gets Worse

When a child is having behavior problems at school, the earlier a workable solution is developed and implemented, the better.  When poorly handled or ignored, behavior problems can quickly escalate into a much bigger problem. The first step is meeting with your child’s teacher to fully understand what the behavior is all about.  Ask questions […]

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3 Reasons Why Change Is So Difficult For Some Children and How To Help Them Through It

Change is difficult for most people, including well-adjusted and optimistic adults. It’s stressful. Yet change is a part of life, so it’s important to help children learn how to successfully adapt. Some children have a particularly difficult time managing change. Temperament Children are born with temperament. It’s genetic and occurs during prenatal development. Parents know […]

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The Missed Importance of Social Development for Kids With ADD and ADHD

Children with ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) often have more difficulty with social development than what psychologists refer to as neurotypical children.  They often lag as many as three years behind their peers.  Research has shown that there is a three-year delay in the development of the thickness of the cerebral cortex in these […]

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Parenting Tips for Single Dads with Daughters

If you are a single dad and are fortunate enough to have a daughter, you know that raising her can feel like a roller coaster ride at times. Women tend to know how to relate to their daughters because of their own experiences growing up, going through puberty, and dealing with sexuality. For dads, however, […]

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Keeping Teens Out of Trouble Over Summer Break

If you have a teen or teens and summertime is just around the corner, you are probably feeling a bit anxious about what they will do with their time. During the school year, you have much of the day accounted for as your child is in school. In contrast, during the summer, a teen with […]

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How Music Provides Stress Relief for ADHD Kids and Their Parents

Having a little bit of music in your life every day can be good for reducing stress and anxiety.  Research and experience has shown that calming music can provide stress relief for children and adults.  This is good news for parents of ADHD kids.  Select music that you like that is calming in nature, rather […]

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ADHD in the Classroom: What to Do When the Teacher Has Concerns

When a child has been having problems in the classroom, such as not completing assignments, fidgeting in their seat, not paying attention, or talking during class, their teacher may begin to think ADHD.  I’ve heard of a few cases where a teacher asked a parent to take their child to their doctor to get ADHD […]

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Five Foods That Negatively Affect Your Child’s Mood

Parents intuitively know that food can impact their child’s behavior and mood. We know that sweets, for example, can cause bouts of hyperactivity. But mood-altering food isn’t limited to sugar – there are other culprits in the snacks and meals that we feed our little ones. The following five foods are the most common contributors to […]

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Mental Health and Teens: Five Danger Signs to Watch Out For

The teenage years can be difficult ones. Teens are going through significant cognitive developments that can influence not only their behavior but also their mood. It’s a time when mental health issues can arise. Knowing what to look out for can help parents catch problems early on. Extreme or Dramatic Changes in Behavior Teens are […]

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