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Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

Teach Diversity and Acceptance With This Book

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

This Book Could Spell Success For Your Fearful Preschooler

Children in between the ages of 4-8 are learning and growing everyday.  Not only are they beginning to develop academic skill such as reading and math, but they are also figuring out life.  Books are powerful teaching tools.   While many deal with concepts such as letters, numbers and colors, few cover topics such asRead more

When It Comes to Potty Training, Your Child Wants The Facts.

Potty training can come with its fair share of challenges.  If you are among the 1% of parents whose child potty trained effortlessly, good for you.  For the rest of us, potty training entails a hodgepodge of  treats, bribes, triumphs, and frustrations.  For many children, the “value add” just isn’t there.  Why would they useRead more

How Does Her Face Look? Teaching Your Child to Read Facial Expressions.

A social skill that we adults often take for granted is the ability to decipher how someone is feeling by reading his or her facial expressions.  We probably do this multiple times a day without giving it a second thought.   Interestingly, it is not a skill that most are born with.  It takes lotsRead more

Five Executive Functioning Skills Your Child Will Need.

Executive Functioning is an often discussed topic in elementary schools right now.  Executive functioning skills are cognitively based skills and encompass self-regulation, emotional regulation, planning, working memory and organization.  Simply put, they are some of the skills that must be in place in order to be successful in a structured, academic environment.  If you haveRead more

Helping Your Child Through Deployment

In 2015, there were over 150,000 US servicemen and women stationed overseas. While some were able to take families with them, most left behind husbands, wives, and children. With so many children dealing with the deployment of a parent, we thought it was important to recognize deployment as a real factor in the social emotionalRead more

Five Tips for Including Your Older Child In Your Pregnancy

Exciting news!  You’re expecting another baby.  Early on, you may not be ready to tell friends and family but should you tell your older child?  Sure you should!  You are a family and this is an important development.  But be ready for questions, because most “older-siblings-to-be” are full of them.  Here is a sample conversationRead more

A Social Story: Overcoming A Fear Of Spiders

  Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about being scared of a spider, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of spiders if you want to add a visual (happy, cartoon spiders might be best but realRead more

Bugs, Beards, Escalators, and Everything In Between. How to Help Your Child Through Common Fears

As a three year old, I was pretty fearless, but there was one thing that scared the heck out of me – escalators.  They were tall, they were steep, they moved, and I was pretty sure that you could get sucked in at the bottom.  I vividly remember crying and screaming when it was theRead more