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Parenting

How to Raise an Optimistic Human in a Pessimistic World

If you’re raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. And it’s no wonder. Due to the 24-hour news cycle, social media and cellphone notifications — and even sources you wouldn’t expect, such as Instagram and YouTube — kids are immersed in doom and gloom.

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Books to Help Kids and Teens Deal with Challenges [web resource]

Magination Press was created out of a desire to publish innovative books that would help children deal with the many challenges and problems they face as they grow up.

Written for ages 4 through 18, these books deal with topics ranging from the everyday — starting school, shyness, normal fears, and a new baby in the house — to more serious problems, such as divorce, attention deficit disorder, depression, serious injury or illness, autism, trauma, death, and much more. Read more ›

Managing Stress for a Healthy Family

As the nation continues to face high-levels of stress, families are susceptible to mounting pressures from finances and work. Raising a family can be rewarding and demanding even in healthy social and economic climates, so stressful times can make things much more challenging. Read more ›

Parenting After Adoption [web resource]

Adoption is a lifelong process. Families often need additional support at various times after placement and after the adoption is legally finalized. Families may need services as a child develops and as normal development, adjustment, and adoption-related issues arise. This article from find resources for adoptive families that explain what to expect at various developmental stages. Read more ›

Helping Adopted Children Cope With Grief and Loss [downloadable]

Loss is a central theme to adoption, and it is experienced by all constellation members. Losses must be acknowledged, validated, and grieved in order to heal and move forward. If losses are not grieved, the ongoing hurt and pain will negatively impact one’s ability to function and form healthy attachments. Read more ›

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids and Start Raising Kind Ones

As anyone who has been called out for hypocrisy by a small child knows, kids are exquisitely attuned to gaps between what grown-ups say and what grown-ups do. If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. Read more ›

Fact Sheets About the Unique Needs of Children Who Have Been Adopted [downloadable]

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) has developed two fact sheets about adoption tailored for teachers and pediatric healthcare providers. The fact sheets are designed to raise awareness about the unique needs of children who have been adopted, and to provide concrete tips on how these professionals can effectively work with these children. Read more ›

Signature Event: An Evening with Jonathan Mooney [video]

Jonathan Mooney gives an inspirational talk about how different does not mean deficient — and we shouldn’t be striving for, or enforcing, normalcy on anyone. Read more ›

Traumatic Separation in Children and Adolescents [video]

This webinar from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network describes the impact of traumatic separation, attachment, and attachment disruption on children and adolescents. Read more ›

Panel Discussion: Supporting Your Child with ADHD [presentation] [video]

Parenting a child with ADHD has its challenges. This panel discussion is about ADHD and strategies and ways to support your child from three different perspectives–Glen Elliott, PhD, MD, Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director at CHC, Kendra Fraka, MSW, clinician at CHC and Lauren Sims, parent. Read more ›

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