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Why screen-time during the COVID-19 crisis isn’t the worst thing in the world?

With the threat of COVID-19 looming overhead, many parents are facing school closures and extended time at home with the kiddos. Screens may be your go-to solution for keeping kids occupied during this uncertain time.

The truth is that screens CAN be a great option, as long as they are used in moderation.

When overused, you’ll likely notice negative effects such as fighting, whining, moodiness, and inability to focus and engage with other activities.

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The Secret to Raising Confident Teens in a Confusing World

Raising teens is tricky business. 

Teens are in this weird transition space where they aren’t really kids anymore, but they aren’t really adults yet either. 

On one hand, we want to shield them from the evils of this world for as long as we possibly can. On the other hand, we want to do our part to make sure they become happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults. 

That means we can’t treat them like kids, because they’re not.  Read more

6 Symptoms of General Anxiety in Children

Watching your child wrestle with tough emotions and struggle through anxiety is so difficult. As parents, we just want to take away their pain. 

We want to help.

The best way we can do that is to be informed. Recognize the signs of anxiety and make sure you follow up with their primary care provider if you ever suspect more than a standalone stress episode. Read more

5 ways Audiobooks can Help your Struggling Reader (no matter their diagnosis)

The ability to read opens up a world of possibilities for a child of any age.  

Diving into a great story offers an experience unlike any other. Your child can escape to a faraway land, become a prince or princess with a fairytale ending, or even save the world from an evil villain plotting destruction and doom. And it can all be done from the comfort of home!

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4 Simple Steps to Helping your ADHD Teen Create a Nighttime Routine that WORKS

When you have a teen with ADHD, getting anywhere on time can be a real struggle. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Set them up for success now, and in the future, with a few new habits that are highly effective and easy to put into practice.

It is commonly thought that with an ADHD diagnosis comes a complete lack of focus. In actuality, it’s having difficulty maintaining focus where needed. This is why lists, alarms, and visual cues are so important in helping those with an ADHD diagnosis stay on track.  Read more

Celebrating the New Year with your Teens

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s a great time to start thinking about our vision for 2020. Embarking on not just a new year, but an entirely new decade can really bring to mind those dreams we’ve put off for so long.

When you sit down and begin to pen those new year’s resolutions, here’s a novel thought! Why not include your children?  Read more

3 Holiday Helpers for High-Needs Children

With December well underway, you’ve likely experienced difficulty when it comes to your high-needs child and holiday celebrations. When kids have sensory challenges in any capacity, the obligatory work parties and family gatherings can throw them into a tailspin. 

The hardest part of this is that well-meaning friends and relatives don’t always understand the complexities that come with raising a little one who is overwhelmed by normal daily interactions. Read more

10 Toys under $10 to Inspire Creativity and Independent Play

As the holidays draw near, you’re likely to find yourself wondering what to buy your littlest learners. You want toys and activities that inspire creativity and independent play, yet most of what’s on the market is flashy, battery-operated, and stimulating in all the wrong ways.

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7 Indoor Activities for High-Energy Kids

Rain rain go away. Come again some other day. Do you find yourself humming this classic tune when the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor play?

Many of us do. That’s totally normal. When you have high-energy kids, outside is the best place to be. However, when you are dealing with scorching hot summer temps, pouring rain, or winter’s wrath, sometimes you need a “plan b” so that your kids aren’t climbing the walls. 

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