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Loving your kids to “Smarter”

3 Ways your love and affection help your child’s brain development Children’s brains develop rapidly from ages birth through three. Brain development affects all areas of a child’s growth. Every parent wants what’s best for their child. But the wealth of advice on how...

Plants, Gardening and Mental Health

Over the last few years, we have all been forced to stay home more often. While restrictions are being lifted and some normalcy seems to be returning, we have all learned the importance of our homes. Home should be a place where children and families feel safe and at...

Ukraine

We are extremely saddened by the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and we know families might be struggling with how to deal with this. Over the last two years, we have spoken many times about talking to your children about current events, scary news headlines and...

Identifying and Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Children

Living through a pandemic the last two years has been hard, and could spark anxiety or depression in our children. Here are some tips for identifying new symptoms of anxiety or depression as well as helping your children cope. If you have additional questions, please...

Preparing for a Snow Day with Children

Young children are always excited when they see those first snowflakes fall and are eager to get outside to build a snowman, go sledding and to make snow angels in the snow. Before letting your little ones out to play, here are a few tips to keep in mind: Pay...

To hug or not to hug

 Hugs can be a way of establishing intimacy with loved ones. But sometimes those encounters can be awkward, especially if the child resists or feels uncomfortable hugging someone whom they don’t know well, or don’t like. With the holidays just around the corner,...

Graduation Field Trip for Healthy Families Graduates

Fall brings a lot of changes: leave changes, temperature changes, and daylight savings time to just name a few. Taking the little ones outside to enjoy the changing weather is great for their physical, mental, and emotional development. Outside play can include a...

Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce

Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce  Divorce is not easy for any family to go through. It is very difficult and painful, but families can recover and move forward – if proper action is taken. In most cases, the decision to divorce comes after careful...

Family Walks in Nature

The world today is filled with distractions. From necessary household chores to TV’s, computers and cell phones, parents’ attention is pulled in many directions which can interfere with focusing on young children and building bonds. As the summer draws to end and...

Reconnecting With Baby

Parenting can be one of the most fulfilling yet challenging roles in a parent’s life. Being a new parent during a pandemic adds another layer of challenges. It is difficult to focus on parenting alone when there are also relationships that must be maintained, work...
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