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Tantrums & Giving In

tantrumQ: I know I give in too easily, but I want to avoid tantrums and meltdowns. Any advice?
A: Make a plan in advance to avert the stress of meltdowns.
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worried child

When Your Child Worries

worried childYou put your daughter to bed hours ago, but at 11 PM  she comes running into your room saying, “I want to sleep with you.  I’m afraid.”  This has been going on for the past month even though she has always slept alone without any problem.

It is Monday morning and your son complains he has a stomachache and doesn’t want to go to school.  You know he’s not sick, but for the last two months his tummy aches have been a common occurrence.  What is going on? Read more »

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Taming the Disorganized Child

checklist-disorganized childJames, a middle-schooler, comes home from a long day at school and looks forward to downtime playing video games.  After dinner, he searches for 15 minutes to find the scrap of paper where he wrote down his homework assignments, while his mother does the same, providing help that he does not appreciate.  Upon finding the scribbled down assignment, three paragraphs on the night’s social studies reading, James shuts down. He says it’s too much.  For half an hour his mother cajoles him, trying to convince him that he can get it done while he argues back. Read more »

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My Kid Is Fine: How Teen Depression Deceives Us

After Mike and his girlfriend of three years ended their relationship, his parents expected their son to be crushed.  The relationship had been a large part of Mike’s life and his girlfriend, Lori, had been like a member of the family.  Lori had hoped they would remain friends, but Mike was too devastated.  For weeks, he was withdrawn and moody; he avoided friends and rebuffed his parents’ well-intentioned questions.  His mood was slow to improve and his parents worried that he would not be able to attend college in the fall. Read more »

At-Home Strategies to Teach Your Struggling Student

homework blackboard-928381_1280Your daughter has a large report due next week. She’s distressed and doesn’t know where to begin. You know that she chronically procrastinates. Your son shows you a low score on his multiplication test. He’s discouraged and doesn’t want to study. You don’t want your children to flounder, but how do you help them without taking over their schoolwork? Start by teaching kids strategies that they may not have learned in school. Read more »

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Helping Your Child Forge Friendships

friends-516341_1280While every parent hopes that his child will fit in and be accepted, making friends is not easy for all children. Many families share similar stories: “My son was excited when he started first grade, but now he seems sad and prefers to play by himself,” or, “Our daughter doesn’t like going to school anymore. She plays sick to avoid it. Her teacher says it’s possible she may be getting bullied at recess.” Some children have a hard time making friends because of impulsive, anxious or introverted behavior. They need more help than their socially-adept peers for learning how to relate to and interact with others. If your child is struggling with social skills, prepare him with strategies that help him feel confident and ready to forge new friendships. Read more »

dyslexia

Is Your Child a Slow Reader or Is He Dyslexic?

dyslexiaSara swept her vibrant red hair out of her face as she smiled up at me, clearly pleased with herself and seeking praise for the fact that she had completed her reading beautifully. What a change from the tentative reader I had met one year earlier. In fact, “reader” would not have been the right word for Sara then, as she was still sounding out every letter, sometimes forgetting to blend them back together to create a meaningful word. Sara’s school was considering holding her back to repeat first grade. But by the beginning of third grade, one year later, she had caught up with her peers and was scoring at grade level.

What caused the dramatic change? Read more »

defiant child

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

defiant childYou’re standing at the grocery checkout counter, and your son asks for the M&Ms. You say, “No.” He asks again a little louder and you say, “No.” He starts whining. You repeat, “No.” He starts pulling on your sleeve and screaming at the top of his lungs. Everyone is looking at you.

“Okay, just this once,” you relent, and throw the bag of M&Ms onto the checkout counter. You’re relieved that the embarrassment has stopped, but what have you taught him in the long run? Read more »

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Steps to Help Your Delayed Talker

toddler language delayYou have a lot of titles as a parent: short order cook, chauffeur, personal assistant, maid. Are you also your toddler’s ever-present translator? No, she’s pointing at the yogurt hiding behind the milk gallon. Well, she’s screaming because you handed her a purple cup and she only drinks out of green cups.

It’s easy for you to navigate through these situations to avoid the tantrums and frustrations because you know your child’s preferences and you know she doesn’t have strong communication skills. You can respond to points, grunts and cries, but are you really helping her by swiftly taking the path of least resistance? How can you teach her the communication skills she needs to be independent and thrive? Read more »

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Your Distracted Young Learner

distracted learnerIs your child struggling with the same behavior challenges in school without making progress? Does he or she have ADHD-like symptoms?

You’ve just received a report from the teacher saying that Derrick had another bad week – he was too distracted to complete his work, he constantly interrupted the teacher, and he continues to bug the kids around him. You’ve talked to the teacher until you’re blue in the face and time outs just aren’t effective. What do you do? Read more »

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