Firsthand Tips for Juggling a Newborn and a Toddler

Firsthand Tips for Juggling a Newborn and a Toddler

Becoming a mom is an incredible experience. You give life to a brand new little human, who changes your world forever and perhaps turns it upside down for a while. If you have a toddler at home, this can be an especially challenging time!

Here are some helpful tips on how to manage a toddler and a newborn's needs together...

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How to Get Your Teen to Commit to Therapy

How to Get Your Teen to Commit to Therapy

Approaching the idea of therapy with your teen can be a difficult. It may bring up the question, "what is wrong with me? or the notion that you are disappointed or that your child isn't measuring up. 

Here are four quick tips for getting your child to commit to the process....

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Eight Summer Songs to Cheer You Up

Eight Summer Songs to Cheer You Up

Summer is the time of year to get outdoors and enjoy some well-deserved downtime.  Sometimes, the free time and changing family schedule can make you feel depressed.  If you feel down or bored this summer, try listening to Buzzfeed’s playlist of uplifting songs from over the years.  Here are some suggestions...

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Advice for Parents Sending their Kids Off to Sleepaway Camp for the First Time

Advice for Parents Sending their Kids Off to Sleepaway Camp for the First Time

It’s the end of June, and the day that you send your child to sleepaway camp for the first time is quickly approaching.  It’s completely normal for any parent to be anxious about the experience. Read our latest blog post for quick tips on how to ease this transition....

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Four Life Skills Every Emerging Young Adult Needs to Know Now

Four Life Skills Every Emerging Young Adult Needs to Know Now

Transitions can be difficult for adolescents and parents, so the transition to adulthood is definitely no exception! It’s important for your child to feel comfortable talking to you about some of his or her stressors, anxiety, fears and worries about the transition. Autonomy can be simultaneously liberating, scary and challenging.

Here are 4 Life Skills for your emerging young adult to practice and master in order to help make the transition smoother:

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Five Steps toward Grieving a Loss

Five Steps toward Grieving a Loss

Grieving a loss is a process that we will all experience at some point in our lives. The most obvious form of grieving is for a dying or deceased loved one, including a pet. However, loss can occur in areas other than in death such as when receiving a health diagnosis, during the end of a union, or even when an experience doesn't measure up to your expectations.   Here are five steps toward grieving any loss....

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How to Communicate Effectively with Your Teen

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Teen

As a parent, you may have experienced some challenges with communicating with your teen(s). Maybe you argue about social media usage, academic performance in school or the lack of quality time he or she spends with you.

Avoid discord and disconnection with your child by using one or all of these tips....

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Four No-Cost Ways for Busy Moms to De-Stress

Four No-Cost Ways for Busy Moms to De-Stress

Do you ever feel like no matter how much you do during the day, it still isn't enough? Life can be stressful, especially when you have kids. Whether you are a mom to a colicky newborn, or a mom of three, it's easy to let stress build up and feel like you have little time to yourself.

Here are 4 easy ways for busy moms to de-stress - and it won't cost a thing!:

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4 Easy Responses for When your Child says, "I'm Bored!"

4 Easy Responses for When your Child says, "I'm Bored!"

Any parent that has a child who can speak has heard the familiar phrase, "i'm bored!"  The first thing a parent might think is "I wish I had time to be bored!" and an easy response could be, "go play."  Then you might get a dreaded retort such as, "there's nothing to play" or "I played everything already."  This scenario is frustrating for sure.  What is a parent to do when faced with these words?

Read on to learn four easy responses...

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Three Action Steps to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Three Action Steps to Help You Achieve Your Goals

We all have been overwhelmed from time to time by the amount of items on our "to-do" lists or by what we perceive as responsibilities that feel like mountains to climb.  Often, we don't complete tasks or meet goals when we feel discouraged or defeated, or generally weary.  

Read on for 3 action steps to help you achieve your goals...

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3 Tips for Avoiding Burn Out

3 Tips for Avoiding Burn Out

If you are not intentional about taking care of yourself, you may end up feeling burned out. Burnout can be defined as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation, usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration” (Merriam Webster). 

Some of the signs of burn out include: poor concentration, exhaustion, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, and lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed. Read on for some helpful tips for avoiding burn out...

 

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3 Ways to Distinguish Unhealthy vs. Healthy Teen Behavior 

3 Ways to Distinguish Unhealthy vs. Healthy Teen Behavior 

It is sometimes difficult to distinguish normal adolescent mood shifts, reactions or rebellion from verifiable symptoms of depression, as they often mimic each other.

Read on for three quick ways to tell the difference...

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3 Ways to Identify if a Therapist is a Good Fit for You

3 Ways to Identify if a Therapist is a Good Fit for You

Entering into therapy can be a daunting and sometimes even scary process.  Finding a therapist that you believe can understand and help you is essential to the success of the process.  

Read on for three ways to know if a therapist is a good fit for you..

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How to Understand Gender Identity

How to Understand Gender Identity

For some people who don’t connect with the gender that has been assigned to them at birth, the daily struggle can be very profound. Gender fluidity is a term used to describe gender identity that is a dynamic mix of boy and girl, the two traditional genders.

Read on for some helpful terminology to help you understand gender identity...

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How to Boost Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem

How to Boost Your Daughter’s Self-Esteem

We live in a world where teens spend an enormous amount of time comparing themselves to others on social media, in magazines or fashion blogs. According to a self-esteem campaign by Dove, 7 out of 10 girls believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up. Here are a few tips to help boost your daughter’s self-esteem...

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Three Ways that Spring can Worsen Symptoms of Depression

Three Ways that Spring can Worsen Symptoms of Depression

If you or someone you know is struggling with Depression, you might assume that the first day of spring would bring a sense of relief. Yes, the days are lighter, and in certain parts of the country, warmer; however, this may not positively impact people with Depression. Read on for three ways that spring might worsen symptoms of Depression...

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4 Simple Steps to Manage Technology Use in Your Home

4 Simple Steps to Manage Technology Use in Your Home

Overwhelmed by trying to control technology usage in your family? Instead of implementing rules, it may be beneficial to establish “best practice” boundaries around technology use.

Read on for some simple tips to help you manage technology in your home… 

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3 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

3 Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Did you know it’s estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, or sleep deprivation? Sleep deprivation puts you at risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It can also affect your energy, athletic performance, cognitive health and promote hunger cravings. Additionally, chronic sleep issues have been correlated with anxiety and depression. 

Keep reading for 3 tips to ensure you get your Zzz’s…

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