Thanksgiving: Teaching Kids the Value in Giving

November 26, 2014 | posted in: Development, Family, Parenting 101 | by

At this time of year children can easily become preoccupied with the materialistic aspects of the holiday season. They are bombarded with advertisements and social media that can drag the attention away from the positive aspects of the season including a sense of family, strengthening interpersonal relationships and giving to others. Historically, influential child psychologists..

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Risking Talking Behavior in Teens: Why Do they Act Out?

November 13, 2014 | posted in: Development, Family, Parenting 101, Question of the Month | by

Adolescence has long been characterized by risky behaviors that sometimes have disastrous consequences. Dressing provocatively, driving too fast or experimenting with drugs and alcohol are only a few of the ways that teens engage in behaviors that can get them into serious trouble. The question remains, why do teenagers engage in such risky activities? Though..

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Art Therapy for Children, Part II: Art Therapy in Practice

As explained in part one of this series, art therapy is a great way to help children deal with intense emotional experience. In a formal art therapy session, the therapist will ask the child to perform a given exercise. Sometimes this will be free drawing about their day, while at other times the tasks will..

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ADHD: A Look at Alternative Treatments

September 10, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Development, Family, Health and Wellness | by

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a serious mental disorder that involves loss of function at home and at work or school. Individuals with ADHD have a basic difficulty concentrating, but the disorder as a whole is more complex. ADHD results in a breakdown of the executive functioning system. Executive functioning refers to attention,..

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Defining Dad – Father’s Day and The Important of Being a Dad

June 10, 2014 | posted in: Development, Family, Parenting 101 | by

As Father’s Day approaches it can be fun to take a moment and think about the role of “Dad” in the family. For each developmental stage a child will consider his or her father in a unique way. Views and opinions of dad will also vary with gender, as the role of the father is..

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