Enjoying Your Summer Part 2

When planning your summer make sure to incorporate multiple activities that you will enjoy. Find time to have a date with your partner, enjoy a walk, savor some food, relax while listening to music or
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Handling August

The heat, potential boredom and lack of childcare at the end of summer can make the last few weeks of August challenging for parents. I suggest that you consider taking a break from traditional routines
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Handling Power Battles at Home

It can be effective to find a way to disengage from an unnecessarily complicated and tense “power battle” with a child – getting involved in a lengthy “back and forth” is often unproductive.

A Nice Afternoon for Everyone – (Finding a time to avoid saying “It’s time to go.”)

I was leading a workshop recently when a mother, Sarah, told the following story of an unusually relaxing time she had with her twin daughters – Eva and Marie. On one of the first warm
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Sharing Your Interests with Your Child

It is important for children to be exposed to their mom and dad’s interests. Forcing children to participate in an adult’s most engaging work task or hobby is not always well received by little ones
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Handling An Overwhelming Diagnosis

as seen in NY Special Child Magazine Dear Sharon, My son has been diagnosed as being on the spectrum. I feel depressed and angry and unable to cope. It’s not his fault and I feel
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Hard Moments with a Child Often “Go Better” than Parents Realize

After many years of talking to moms and dads I have come to believe that even at the end of a hard day or overwhelming moment parents have managed to offer something useful to their
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Parents Need Sleep

Parents rarely get enough sleep but a tired mom or dad is often a less loving and effective one. As hard as it may be to sort through, it is important for parents to get
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Isolation – One of Parents’ Biggest Hurdles

One of the most effective things we can do to counteract the boredom and frustration that can be part of parenting is to find people to keep us company. The presence of parent helpers or
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New Year’s Resolution – Take a Minute to Notice What you do Well

Mercedes, a mom who was swamped by worries, came to talk to me about her daughter’s defiant attitude. She was trying many good ideas to turn things around but had a hard time noticing that
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