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Teachers: How to Answer Young Children’s Questions and Concerns About Stressful Community Events

Stressful events in the life of a child can include community stressors like the DC sniper shootings, our country making a declaration of war or a stock market crash. These community stressors impact the child based on how much they impact the child's parents and how much information is being shared … [Read More...]

Leaving Children Home Alone

My girls were 7 and 10 years old when I decided to leave them home alone for the first time. They were excited and slightly concerned so we spent about 40 minutes talking through the details about where I'd be, how long I'd be gone, what they could and couldn't do, how to contact me and emergency … [Read More...]

What to do When Children Bicker in the Car

My children are now teenagers and we still occasionally have this. Here are several ways to solve: Settle specifics - In our house it has always been the music. Settling specifics means coming up with a full, solid and publicly agreed upon plan for repeat conflicts. For a few years our plan was … [Read More...]

What to Do When Your Child Says “I Don’t Wanna Go to School”

At some point, most children go through a phase of not wanting to go to school. For others, that push can ebb and flo for years. My younger daughter has always had a difficult time going back after the Winter Break. There were tears in January through elementary school. Smooth, calm morning - I … [Read More...]

What to Do When a Child is Scared of Going to Another Room in the House Alone

At least every other month a parent says to me, "This might be odd but my child is scared of going to another room in the house by himself." This is not odd. Between four to eight or nine years old, this is completely common. My older daughter spent a few years negotiating with me or her younger … [Read More...]

Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conferences: For Parents AND for Teachers

For Parents: Before Consider your compliments, questions and concerns - It is nice to be able to greet your child's teacher with something pleasant. Conferences are also a time to share your concerns about your child, the class or the school and to ask any questions that you have. It's best to be … [Read More...]

When Children Argue, Build Their Skills

So often when children argue, parents intervene and solve the issue. Two children are arguing over a toy, a parent enters and decides who gets the toy and what the other child should do while they wait. Two children are arguing over who goes first, a parent comes in and picks while giving empathy or … [Read More...]

How Your Own Sibling Relationships Can Impact Your Children’s Sibling Relationships

    I'll admit, I am about to way oversimplify an issue about complex family dynamics. There are people who spend years in therapy unraveling the impact from the next few points. That said, there are some fairly obvious ways your own sibling relationships, from growing up and from … [Read More...]