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Parenting During a Pandemic

Helpful articles for this uncertain time

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Social Isolation, Loneliness and Children

Yes, social isolation can lead to loneliness which can affect one’s mental health and wellbeing for adults, but it can also affect children too. Children just might handle it differently. With our world dealing with the Pandemic/Covid-19 virus, social isolation and loneliness are becoming more prevalent, but there are ways to help your child get [...]

10 Father’s Day Ideas for the not-so-usual celebration

10 Ideas for Father's Day Celebrating anything during a pandemic poses new challenges, and Father's Day is no exception. Dad deserves a great day, and while last summer your options were wide open, this year is going to take a little creative thought. When there's a pandemic, how do you celebrate your favorite guy? We've [...]

Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19

Times continue to rapidly change with new information daily about the Covid-19 virus.  Face coverings for children are now being recommended. Wearing cloth face coverings reduces the chance of transmitting the virus through the spray of spit or respiratory droplets which happens when someone sneezes or coughs and are within 6 feet of you. It […]

Keeping your kids healthy & safe during flu/virus season

The CDC recommends two main steps to take: Know how viruses are spread. Visit the CDC website for updates and additional information. Avoid being exposed to the virus.   Avoid exposure by: Cleaning your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Avoid close contact: with people who are sick and stay [...]

Practicing Sun Safety During a Pandemic

Keep up the good fight against harmful UV rays. With spring and warmer days here, many families are spending more time outdoors – and with the governor's Stay-at-Home orders, walks around the neighborhood and backyard playtime have become the go-to for variety of scene and exercise. While there’s nothing more fun than watching your kids [...]

When children become bored

Children with extra time. Children are never as occupied as they are during the school term, but this spring is like no other. Right now, school-aged children are in a bit of limbo, while school officials work hard to determine how to manage continued education during a worldwide pandemic. In the meantime, with all the […]

Exercise during Social Distancing

EXERCISE AND YOUR WELLBEING: Chances are, you’re working from home, and the kids are there too. As tempting as it is to hit the pantry for snacks, at some point your exercise regime needs a reboot. After all, our overall health has a big impact on our ability to care for our children. Let’s focus […]

Diet and Nutrition Impact Physical and Mental Well-being

Small Changes Create Gains for Overall Health and Well-being MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH, and this year Mental Health America’s theme (4Mind4Body) focuses on small changes – both physically and mentally – to create gains for our overall health and wellbeing. No matter your state of wellbeing, all of us could benefit from small positive […]

Depression in Young Children

Although it is often difficult for parents of children under the age of five to accept, doctors now know it is possible for very young children to suffer from depression. Oftentimes, children who are depressed are thought to be shy, distant, lazy, stubborn, or defiant. Every child has a bad day and is sad or […]

Coping With Grief

Holidays are a time for fellowship and friendship with those you love. However, for families dealing with the loss of a loved one, this time of year can also bring terrific sadness. There is no single right or wrong way to handle these difficult times. The key to coping with grief during the holidays is […]

Teaching Your Child About Germs

Teaching young children about hygiene and germs isn’t always easy, but it’s important! Why? Understanding the connection between germs and illness helps children comprehend the need for good hygiene practices. Less time missed from school or work because of sickness. Children develop care and concern for the health and welfare of those around them. A […]

Handling Parental Anger

Our children bring us great joy. And yet there are times when parents experience anger and frustration. Parenting is tough and it is normal to feel angry at times. First, learning to recognize and being aware of these feelings then finding the most appropriate ways of responding are key to safe and effective parenting.

Family Play

In today’s fast-paced world, finding time for family play may be a challenge. However, is it worth it? You bet! Enjoying time together as a family is tremendously beneficial. In fact, for healthy relationships to flourish, it is a necessity. We can schedule time for playing together, and develop the ability to capture unstructured moments [...]

Creating a Peaceful Home

Today’s world is a complicated place. Day to day living can cause stress and anxiety. Because of the wide scope of media coverage we also know and worry about concerns around the globe. These pressures can seep into our home lives and cause tension and conflict. But how can you maintain a peaceful home in [...]

When Parenting Styles are Different

Parenting can be tough especially when two parents have different parenting styles. Have you ever thought about what kind of parent you are? Are you tough with high expectations? Do you believe that children should be allowed to “just be kids”? What do you think of as the “best” way to raise a child? There [...]

The Myth of the Perfect Parent

Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like every other parent has “it all together” but you? These feelings of inadequacy are common, especially with first time parents. Many of us have grown up with the notion that parents should be all-knowing, all- loving, and all-giving. However, no matter how great [...]

Parent Loses Job

If your job ended and it wasn’t your choice, the experience of facing an uncertain future can be extremely stressful and frightening. You may be feeling out of control and helpless or perhaps even bitter with your former employer. All of these emotions are normal. How you handle these difficult days, however, can be a [...]

My Kids Seem To Fight All Of The Time… What Should I Do?

Disagreements between siblings have many causes which can include jealousy, competition, differences in temperament and developmental stages, illness, and daily stress. So, what's a parent to do when sparks are flying? Try monitoring the situation from a distance. Do not get involved unless there is danger to a person or property. If they come to you [...]

How Can I Get My Child To Do Homework?

Parents want their children to be successful in school, but often the issue of homework gets in the way of that success. With a little creativity, parents can make the homework struggle easier. Ways that parents can help their children focus on homework: Help your child select an appropriate, comfortable place to do homework. Keep [...]

Internet Safety

The Internet can be a wonderful resource! Children can get help with homework, find information about a hobby, download music, and keep in touch with friends and family through e-mail. However, the Internet also carries certain risks. As parents, we must stay informed and equipped to ensure our children’s safety. How can parents keep children […]

Teachable Moments

You may have heard the term “teachable moment” used. Parent educators and teachers often instruct parents to take advantage of “teachable moments”. But what exactly is a “teachable moment”, and how can you make the most of it? A “teachable moment” can happen almost anywhere and at any time. They are generally not planned learning [...]

Setting Rules and Boundaries: Children

At times, being a parent can be tough. There are challenges you never anticipated and days when you think you just aren’t cut out for the job. Don’t despair; all parents feel this way from time to time. Children can be very frustrating as they constantly push against boundaries and test limits. They don’t always [...]

Let’s Not Argue

All parents and their children will argue at some point. Back talk, whining, begging and arguing are some of the most frustrating behaviors to deal with as parents. But like most negative behaviors the best defense is a good offense. Learning to prepare ahead of time for arguments can be the simplest way to avoid [...]

How To Put An End To Whining

Whining, an irritating blend of talking and crying, occurs in many children 2-4 years of age and can cause frustration or anger for almost any parent. During this developmental stage children’s language skills are rapidly improving; however, they still do not possess the vocabulary necessary to express themselves when they are tired, cranky, hungry, or [...]

Helping Children Manage Angry Feelings

Anger is a natural emotion experienced by everyone. Parents can play a positive role by helping children deal with angry feelings. Children see everything parents do and say so it is very important that parents model the appropriate methods of dealing with anger. Most children inappropriately display anger because they are not mature enough to [...]

Helping Children Cope With Change

Change during childhood is inevitable! As parents it is our responsibility to teach our children resiliency- the ability to rise above challenges and move forward with confidence. By following these tips we can help our children develop the coping strategies necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world: Introduce the concept of time: Because young children [...]

Conflict Resolution and Children

If you are a parent or around children for any length of time, you will observe conflict. Although it can be frustrating, it is actually helpful for children to experience disagreements. Some bickering and conflict in childhood helps children discover positive ways of resolving disagreements-an important skill throughout life. Following are some tips to help [...]

Dealing with Children’s Fears

Children’s fears are a common, natural aspect of development. They tend to change as children mature and grow. Below are some common childhood fears and what you can do to help. Infancy: Emerging fears of strangers and separation from parents Toddler: Fears of monsters, weather, dark places and big, often hairy animals School age: Isolation, [...]

Sibling Rivalry: Toddlers and Preschoolers

Since the beginning of time brothers and sisters have had their differences. Arguments ensue over major issues and, what seem to us, minor ones. Siblings who share a room are often tempted to draw a line down the middle to keep one another from touching their possessions or invading their space. As parents, we are [...]

School Age Sibling Rivalry

If you are the proud parent of more than one child, you probably experience the sounds of sibling rivalry and conflict on a regular basis. (“Mom, he’s touching me!” “She’s wearing my sweater without asking!” “Get out of my room!”) Take comfort in the fact that this is typical behavior and yours are not the [...]

The Importance of Routines

Oftentimes adults view the term ‘routine’ in a negative fashion because we associate it with boredom and repetition. But children thrive on routines. The predictability they find within structured routines makes them feel secure, comfortable and in control. Routines, to a great degree, develop out of your own family’s daily habits. They can be the [...]

Homework Hassles

Parents want their children to be successful in school, but often the issue of homework gets in the way of that success. With a little creativity, parents can make the homework struggle easier. Ways that parents can help their children focus on homework: Help your child select an appropriate, comfortable place to do homework. Keep [...]

Encouraging Children to Help at Home

Very early in life children learn their actions, (e.g. crying, smiling), have an impact on the world and those around them. They also possess an inborn desire to assist others and affect their world. As toddlers, they imitate the actions of adults. They want to help and try very hard to do things for themselves. [...]

Encouraging Responsibility

Parents want their children to grow into responsible, caring, capable adults. The foundation for these traits must be laid early if our children are to be prepared for adult life. Because no one is born knowing how to act responsibly, children must be taught these behaviors Being responsible includes learning to: Be honest and accept [...]

Stressed to the MAX

Parenting is a 24 hour a day job- no matter how we feel! Our days are filled with feeding, bathing, cleaning, diapers, laundry, errands, and more! So while we take care of our children, who takes care of us? Every parent feels stressed from time to time. Here are some helpful tips to ease the [...]

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