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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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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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Teach Your Child Resiliency with These Tips

Every parent wants their child to be resilient. Ask any child psychology or child development expert how valuable resiliency is and he or she will confirm that it is important. First, let’s take a look at what being resilient means. In basic terms, being resilient means the ability to rebound or spring back to original […]

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Homework Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

Homework presents a challenge for all parents. However, if your child has learning disabilities, it can require extra thought and attention. The good news is that with a strategic approach, you and your child can achieve homework success. Clear Communication with the Teacher It’s important that assigned homework is clear and appropriate for the student. […]

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Honey, Don’t Stare

Children are not the most tactful people in the world, especially when they’re very young.  They don’t understand that staring is rude, so it’s up to us to teach them.  Here are some ideas you can use instead of simply saying, “Honey, don’t stare” when someone is different. It’s not that children intend to be […]

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