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Identifying Social Anxiety in Teens

Although anxiety disorders affect one in eight children, they often go unrecognized as mental health issues in teens. Social anxiety disorder, in particular, can take many forms and present differently depending on the individual, thus making it challenging to identify. Most parents and adults dismiss anxiety symptoms as merely shyness or teen angst that their […]

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How to Help Your Children Get a Great Start at Their New School

Think about how you felt when you first began school, or if your family relocated and you transitioned into a different school altogether. You were probably a bit scared and nervous. Chances are your children will be, too. Going to a new school doesn’t have to be a source of stress and anxiety for your […]

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5 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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How Parents Can Help Children & Teens Cope With The Stress of The Election Results

We have all lived through an extremely stressful election cycle regardless of our political position.  The media including mainstream, social media and other sources advocating specific and controversial points of view have had a tremendous impact because emotional appeals rather than rational opinions based on issues have predominated.  Some of the rhetoric from the candidates […]

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Helping Your Child with Situational Anxiety

Helping Your Child Cope with Situational Anxiety

For children of any age, anxiety can strike without warning. Typically, children experience symptoms of anxiety when in new situations, when there is a perception of potential pain, or when your child fears that they will be separated from you. Routine visits to medical professionals, drop-offs at school, or other changes to your child’s daily […]

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Self Esteem and Your Child’s Motivation

  Have you ever thought about your child’s future and said something like, “I don’t mind if they’re never rich and famous so long as they’re happy”? Some parents want their children to feel good about themselves first; some adults will teach their children that self-worth comes from reaching goals. In fact, a good sense […]

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