This is Supposed to Be Fun! Holiday Events and Acting out

This is Supposed to Be Fun!

Many families celebrate the holidays this time of year, and if you’re lucky, you may be looking forward to gatherings and family traditions. As a parent, you want those family traditions and gatherings to be special, warm, and wonderful for your children, yet so many things can get in the way – such as when your children’s behavior is not as expected. Whether they won’t join the family picture or they won’t respond to a grandparent, these moments can be really stressful. You might start to feel like, “What if everyone thinks my kids are badly behaved (or that I am a bad parent.)?” or even, “What if I AM a bad parent?”  It really helps to understand why these things happen and what we miss along the way. (Spoiler alert, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent.) 

It's Not Always What You Think

Even if your child is excited about a family party, a trip to get a tree, or the lighting of...

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How to Help an Anxious Child Go Back To School

Anxiety About Going Back To School

Going back to school this fall is a loaded endeavor with stress and anxiety flowing through the air for the kids and the grown ups who are caring for them. 

Is my child ready? Are they behind, and if so behind what? Will things be “normal” and what is normal? Will my child have friends and feel less stress and anxiety? Will they get in trouble at school? And children have their own anxieties around school too. Some they share and some not. There are so many “What ifs”. One child recently said to me, “What if I am asked to read, I mess up and everyone laughs at me?” We can’t promise that won’t happen. But what can we do?

What This Year Brings

While many parents cannot wait for kids to be back to school, there is a lot of anxiety around it too, and not just about COVID.This past year was not as “normal” as we had hoped. With the staffing shortages, increase in challenging behaviors,...

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