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Okay. I’ll admit it. This post is way more for me than it is for you. My baby just moved across the state to go to college. For years I have been looking forward to and dreading this day in equal measures. I have fantasized about a clean, quiet home free of smelly gym clothes and week-old pizza boxes. And, I have been dreading the end of late night talks and Sunday morning pancake breakfasts and family game night. So, I cried on the way back from helping my very grown up and capable kid move into his dorm. And today, as a form of self-therapy, Continue reading
We all have them – those special things we do every year without even questioning them. Perhaps we always make sugar cookies for the holidays. Or, we have chocolate cake on our birthday. Or, we sort out our clothes every fall. Traditions have a very important role in our lives. And for good reason. They provide Continue reading
Oh how we love the lazy days of summer when bedtimes are flexible and mornings are slow and easy. But, school is right around the corner and with it comes the need for a more structured routine. Children thrive when provided with a stable, predictable framework for their life – even when they whine, roll their eyes, or otherwise object. So, in order to avoid adding to the stress and chaos of the first week of school, let’s ease them in gently. Here’s a Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. Time to head back to school. All transitions are stressful and, for families with young children, back-to-school time can be particularly difficult. This transition period is even more difficult when children aren’t so thrilled with the prospect of returning to school. So, let’s talk about how to help them cope. Because calmer kids mean smoother transitions. And that is good for everyone! Continue reading
Going to summer camp is a quintessential childhood activity. And, camp is good for kids. Camp is a perfect place to help children optimize their psychosocial development. It is at camp that children get the experiences they need to boost their coping strategies. That’s because... Continue reading