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Self-Care and Setting Boundaries for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Self-Care and Setting Boundaries for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are finding yourself struggling to cope, you’re not alone. These are challenging times for teachers. The key to thriving rather than just surviving is to make self-care a priority. Here are a few tips for practicing self-care during this unprecedented time.
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How to Talk With Your Students About COVID-19

How to Talk With Your Students About COVID-19

I’ve already had more than a few hard conversations about the novel coronavirus and how it is impacting my students’ lives. How can we reassure our students during this crisis? And what signs should we look for to make sure that they are safe?
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How to Talk With Children About COVID-19

How to Talk With Children About COVID-19

You may be tempted to avoid talking to your kids about the coronavirus because they are “too young to understand.” However, there are ways you can talk with your children about almost any difficult subject, including COVID-19.
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How to Avoid ‘Parental Burnout’: Warning Signs and 4 Strategies That Can Help

How to Avoid ‘Parental Burnout’: Warning Signs and 4 Strategies That Can Help

Over time, the stressors of parenting can dramatically affect your ability to be the best parent you can be. Fortunately, there are several easy things you can do to prevent parental burnout.
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Rethinking Your Child’s Schedule and New Home Routine

Rethinking Your Child’s Schedule and New Home Routine

Here are a few simple steps you and your family can take to rethink your child’s schedule, establish a new home routine and minimize impact on your productivity.
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How the COVID-19 Crisis May Impact Children With Severe Mental Health Conditions & What To Do

How the COVID-19 Crisis May Impact Children With Severe Mental Health Conditions & What To Do

If you’re parenting a child with a serious mental health condition, the sudden social distancing made necessary by the COVID-19 virus will likely bring a whole new level of stress to you and your child.
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How to Help Your Teen Navigate A Breakup

How to Help Your Teen Navigate A Breakup

Teen relationships may be short lived — whether it lasts a few days, weeks, or months — but it doesn’t mean that a breakup isn’t devastating for your child, especially if it’s their first breakup.
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How You Can Lower Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation

How You Can Lower Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally noticing bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a non-judgmental way in order to promote relaxation and to increase self-awareness.
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How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A Peer

How To Talk With Your Child About Suicide After The Death Of A Peer

Avoiding the subject of suicide — and failing to create a safe space where your child can grieve — can actually create more harm. To end teen suicide, adults must step up, be brave, and have hard conversations.
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How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

When teens feel forced into going to therapy, their motivation to change is low, so engaging with your teenager before the appointment and involving them in the process is highly recommended.
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What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

As you digest what your child’s mental health professional has recently shared with you, consider your own needs in the areas of education, support, and engagement. Here are four steps that can help you adjust.
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5 Ways To Take Care Of YOU During The Holidays

5 Ways To Take Care Of YOU During The Holidays

Having a few effective self-care strategies can help you keep holiday-related stress to a minimum and, more importantly, help you enjoy the things about the holidays that you really love and cherish.
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A Parent’s Guide To Early Intervention For Psychosis In Children

A Parent’s Guide To Early Intervention For Psychosis In Children

Has your child been acting differently lately? Did they used to be organized, outgoing, and actively involved in class and social activities but have recently become withdrawn and disorganized? Have they even started sharing strange thoughts and ideas?
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Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

About 10% of children ages 4-17 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These kids often struggle to control their hyperactivity and/or impulsivity at school, which significantly impacts their ability to learn effectively.
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School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

Children often have difficulty adjusting to transitions. Luckily, you can reduce the stress of adjusting to a new school year by adding some light structure to your child’s summer schedule.
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5 Habits for a More Mindful, Healthy Approach to Life

5 Habits for a More Mindful, Healthy Approach to Life

Confession: I am starting to feel stressed out by the relentless calls for “mindfulness” in my life. Yet we all need something — whatever we want to call it — to keep ourselves focused, productive, and, yes, happy, in our roles as parents.
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A Parent’s Guide to Battling Teen Suicide

A Parent’s Guide to Battling Teen Suicide

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death between ages 10 and 34, according to the National Institute for Mental Health.
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How Self-Care Can Make You a Better Parent

How Self-Care Can Make You a Better Parent

How do you keep the effects of stress at bay so you can be a better, healthier parent? One of the best ways to manage stress is to make self-care a priority.
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Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

If your child has difficulty waking up in the morning or is sleepy during the day, these may be signs that your child is not getting adequate sleep. Other signs include mood swings, irritability, decreased attention span, and memory problems.
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Securing Your Safety Net: How collaborating with your child on a crisis plan can keep all of you safe

Securing Your Safety Net: How collaborating with your child on a crisis plan can keep all of you safe

As we waited for an ambulance to take Eric, still raging, to the hospital, I sunk down to the curb, looking at my fingers, still sticky from pancake syrup. I will never forget what happened next.
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Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

While the holidays are meant to bring us joy and rest, these changes can be disruptive or stressful for families with children. This may be especially true for families with children who have a mental health diagnosis.
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Feeling Gratitude in a Valley of Shadows: What one mother has gained from her son's serious mental illness

Feeling Gratitude in a Valley of Shadows: What one mother has gained from her son's serious mental illness

For many lonely, exhausting years while my child was desperately ill, I struggled to feel grateful for anything as I drove from one specialist to another. I came across some positive psychology research almost by chance.
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More than Their Labels: How to talk to your child about their diagnosis

More than Their Labels: How to talk to your child about their diagnosis

Every child is unique, with special needs, abilities, and strengths. Learning how to focus on those strengths can be critical when parents talk to their children about mental health conditions.
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After a Suicide Attempt: How to Support the Child and the Family

After a Suicide Attempt: How to Support the Child and the Family

Your child is no longer actively suicidal and has been discharged from their inpatient stay. There are several things you can do to help your child's recovery continue after the initial crisis has subsided.
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Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

Mental Health Days - What to do when your child just won't go to school

All children can experience anxiety about starting a new school year. Mental health conditions can exacerbate those common anxieties and fears, sometimes even making your child physically ill.
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How to Prepare for Your Child Turning 18

How to Prepare for Your Child Turning 18

Because of health care laws, it’s important to prepare and discuss with your child the steps you can take together as a family to make sure that your child continues to receive quality care after they turn 18.
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Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

While I no longer plan summer daycare for my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter, there’s no way I would have left my son Eric, who lives with bipolar disorder, home alone at the age of 13. He would not have been safe.
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Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in parenting a child with mental illness is that it’s okay to doubt myself—and even more importantly, it’s also okay to trust myself too.
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You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

Parents of kids with mental illnesses fight so many daily battles that trying to get a stubborn child to eat a healthy meal can seem like an impossible task. But healthy meals are worth the fight.
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Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible. However, teens need their parent's guidance and support to make mental health a priority.
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Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

My experience with my child has shown me that parents can plan for a successful adventure despite the challenges of mental illness. Here are a few things I have learned.
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When Valentine's Day Falls Short

When Valentine's Day Falls Short

Coming home empty handed on Valentine's Day can leave adolescents feeling unpopular and heartbroken. Here are a few ideas on how to help your teen when they are feeling left out on Valentine’s Day.
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the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

I knew from an early age that my son was not defined by his behaviors, but building self-worth and confidence in a child who experiences mental health challenges is a difficult task.
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time for you: five new years resolutions for a happy, healthy new year

time for you: five new years resolutions for a happy, healthy new year

Parenting a child who has mental illness means that your life doesn’t look like everyone else’s—and it doesn’t have to. This year, while everyone else is heading to the gym again, resolve to care for yourself, just as much as you care for your children.
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5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

Amid the swirls of lights, color, sounds, laughter, parties, gifts and special events, the comfort of routines can get lost during the holidays and the increased stimulus can put everyone on edge.
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feeling thankful in the midst of challenges

feeling thankful in the midst of challenges

Since my children were young, we’ve practiced the same Thanksgiving tradition. During the first week of November, we sit down together and make our “Thankful Turkeys.” Some years, this activity is harder than other years.
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helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. While the season may feel different, planning and concerted efforts can help your child have a positive experience during these times.
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the best way to cheer for your child

the best way to cheer for your child

Support comes in all shapes and sizes, and this advice applies to more than just sports. Your child needs your healthy support in every activity, from soccer to competitive rock, paper, scissors.
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when it comes to mental health, lead by example

when it comes to mental health, lead by example

Adolescence is hard – some might argue more so than adulthood – so if taking a mental health day benefits an adult, why wouldn’t it also benefit a child?
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Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

Regardless of how grandparents find themselves parenting again, the same challenges of raising kids they once faced still exist — and new challenges have been layered on top.
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children’s mental health and the juvenile justice system

children’s mental health and the juvenile justice system

Between 30 and 50% of kids in the juvenile justice system experience mental illness. Family involvement is the single best asset these kids can have.
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building mental health resiliency in the summer months

building mental health resiliency in the summer months

Building resiliency in kids with mental health challenges is a year-round process, but the summer months can prove to be especially challenging.
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8 volunteer ideas for kids to help instill empathy

8 volunteer ideas for kids to help instill empathy

Whether through one-time projects like collecting canned goods for a local food bank or ongoing projects like monthly visits to a senior citizens center, there is a variety of opportunities for families to volunteer together.
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mental Illness and your college-bound child

mental Illness and your college-bound child

Going away to college – it’s a rite of passage for many and a time of huge personal growth and change. But for young adults dealing with mental health problems, it represents a whole new set of challenges.
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strength amid the stress: nurturing yourself and your spouse

strength amid the stress: nurturing yourself and your spouse

As important as it is to ensure your child gets the care he or she needs, it is also important that your spouse and your relationship get the attention both need in order to thrive.
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5 ways to keep your teen healthy and happy this summer

5 ways to keep your teen healthy and happy this summer

Let’s talk about some ways to keep the summer fun and easy, while making sure your kids get what they need to stay healthy, busy and happy.
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3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

3 ways for mom to help a child struggling with mental health

Your heart hurts seeing your child struggling with their mental health. There are things you can do to help your kiddo - as well as yourself and your whole family!
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13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

"13 Reasons Why" is a fictional story of a teenage girl’s suicide and other sensitive issues associated with it. The show has quite unceremoniously placed the issue of teen suicide in the front and center in our community conversations.
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why focusing on your child's bad behavior can be so wrong

why focusing on your child's bad behavior can be so wrong

Behavior problems are a signal that there is something else wrong in the child’s life. The behavior itself is rarely the actual problem but usually the product of something else.
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is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

When your child needs physical care as well as mental, an emergency room is clearly the best option. However, mental health patients face two major hurdles when they use the ER for treatment during a crisis.
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playing can improve your child’s mental health

playing can improve your child’s mental health

By depriving children of opportunities to play on their own, away from direct adult supervision and control, we are depriving them of opportunities to learn how to take control of their own lives.
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mental health wellness: what you need to know

mental health wellness: what you need to know

Habits and life routines affect our mental health and well-being. So what can we do to create a better mental health our children?
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a new year, a fresh approach to mental wellness month

a new year, a fresh approach to mental wellness month

Scientists are realizing that many of the things we ought to do for our general physical health – like eating well, exercising and getting enough rest – have profound effects on our mental wellness, too.
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what's in the way of joy-filled holidays with your loved ones?

what's in the way of joy-filled holidays with your loved ones?

Our children can be especially sensitive to family interpersonal dynamics during the holiday season, so parents must be aware of how interactions and emotions can impact their kids.
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Summers: Now Vs. Then

Summers: Now Vs. Then

As parents, we know that our summers looked different from those of our children. Hustling our kids to different activities and camps isn’t allowing them to blossom in the ways we might hope.
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Becoming part of the solution: “We work with their diagnosis, not against it.”

Becoming part of the solution: “We work with their diagnosis, not against it.”

With three kids who suffer from mental illness, Trudy and her husband Toby are setting an amazing example of practical wisdom to help their children succeed and to instill strong values in them.
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College prep for teens struggling with mental health issues

College prep for teens struggling with mental health issues

Living away from home for the first time, making new friends and handling the rigors of coursework can make the transition to college difficult for any student. Add in an existing mental illness and the challenge is even harder.
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Talking about teen suicide

Talking about teen suicide

The biggest reason many teens don’t talk to their parents about their suicidal thoughts is their perception that their parents would “freak out.” Would you?
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