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Attention Parents: Recent Neuroscience Says Your Teen Still Needs YOU

For some parents, parenting teens conjures up feelings and beliefs that raising an adolescent is challenging and fraught with conflicts and negative emotions. However, an upcoming journal article from the UC Berkeley Institute of Human Development (scheduled for publication in the July edition of Family Relations) cites neuroscience findings which indicate parents should reframe their […]

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Family Life is Important for Kid’s Mental Health and Adjustment

All parents have the goal of raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children. Most parents look for information online and from books and other resources related to child development, child psychology, and parenting to help them to be successful in achieving their goals. Yet parents may overlook the importance of day to day interaction with kids and […]

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Music Is an Important Ingredient for Child Development and Parent-Child Relationships

Several recent articles in scientific journals point to the wide range of significant effects that learning and listening to music has on the brain development of children and adolescents. Other studies reveal that when parents share musical experiences with children and teens, including listening and/or dancing to music, as well as singing songs together, it […]

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How to Create Quality Time with Your Family As a Busy Mom or Dad

Spending quality time with your child has more to do with ordinary daily life than what you might initially expect. It’s simple and meaningful interactions, such as bedtime stories and family dinners, that are essential for your child’s development and future relationships. As a parent, you’re preparing your kids for academic success and rewarding careers. […]

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Recent Research Says 95% of US Kids and Teens Are Overdoing Screen-Time: A Family Approach May Be The Solution

A new study states that only 5% of teens in the USA are following recommended guidelines for screen time, sleep and physical activity. The study points out that failure to meet these guidelines is a risk factor for health problems such as obesity, mental health problems including depression, and engaging in at-risk behavior such as […]

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It’s Not Too Late! New Year’s Resolutions for Parents and Kids They Can Stick to That Will Make Life Better

It’s that time of year again when we take time to reassess where we are in our lives and based on that assessment, make what we refer to as New Year’s resolutions. In most households, the holidays are filled with lots of activity and don’t leave much time for thoughtful reflection, so your resolutions are […]

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Want to Get Fit With Your Family? Here’s How You Can Make it Happen

It’s no secret that healthy living is important, but getting in shape when you have kids can be tough. Maybe you stopped exercising when you had kids because you were tired. Maybe your job schedule made it difficult to squeeze in workouts. Perhaps you just got busy with life and stopped jogging as much as […]

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Stepfamily Success: How to Draw Your Blended Family Closer Together

Let’s rewind to the 1970’s. Even if you haven’t seen it, you may have heard about a hit sitcom of the time called, “The Brady Bunch.” This television show famously depicted the union of two families with six step-siblings. Since that decade, divorce rates have remained steady, with about 40 to 50 percent of marriages […]

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