Parenting:

Managing Mental Illness

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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

Following a mental health diagnosis for your child, you may feel concerned, uncertain, and even fearful. On one hand, you finally have some answers. On the other hand, it…
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Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

Help Your Child Conquer ADHD In The Classroom

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children. About 10% of children ages 4 to 17 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to data collected from 2015 to 2016 by the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Children diagnosed with ADHD often perform poorly in school as they struggle to control their hyperactivity and/or impulsivity. This significantly impacts their ability to learn effectively.
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School’s Out – Structure the Summer for Fall Success

The school year is coming to a close and your kids can’t wait for summer. They’re looking forward to staying up late, sleeping in, playing outside and going to the pool.…
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Coping with Your Child’s Bedtime Anxiety and Insomnia

It’s your child’s bedtime and you’re dreading it. Instead of the calm process you wish it was, it’s filled with tears, pleading, and excuses after excuses. Peacefully…
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Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

The end of the year is approaching, which means we are already halfway through the school year. Holiday parties, special religious celebrations and services, snow days,…
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Mental Health Days -- What to do when your child just won't go to school

For many parents, the middle of August is the most wonderful time of the year. After hearing a thousand iterations of “I’m bored!” and waging a positional (often losing)…
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Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

My youngest daughter turns 13 in a few weeks. For the first summer in ten years of balancing work and motherhood, I don’t have to worry about the one expense that rivaled…
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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

Spring Break is my family’s favorite time to travel. Because we live in chilly Idaho and our grandmas both live in sunny southern California, we usually schedule a trip…
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the worth of one: teaching our children to value their worth is vital to their mental health

I’ll never forget the day that my then four-year-old son Eric told me he just wanted to be a zero. “It hurts too much, Mom,” he said, referring to the anguish of sensory…
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5 ways to reduce the anxiety of the holidays

The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year…and for children with anxiety and their families, the most stressful. Amid the swirls of lights, color,…
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helping your children navigate the holidays after divorce

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, even more so after divorce or separation. Memories of the past can bring up difficult emotions for both parents and…
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Welcome to (Grand)Parenthood

A 2016 report by the Associated Press stated that 2.7 million grandparents are raising grandchildren, and about one-fifth of those have incomes that fall below the poverty…
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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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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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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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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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