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14 Must-Have Life Skills for Teens

teen451If you’re wondering how your teen will survive on their own, don’t worry too much — chances are your child is a lot more capable than you think. Even so, now is a good time to teach your teen a few practical skills that will leave both of you feeling a little more confident about your offspring’s readiness to leave the nest. Read more ›

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Community Town Hall: Why the College Admissions News Hits Home: Stress, Anxiety and How to Help Your Kids [video]

The recent news about college admissions was deeply troubling to CHC and to the community because it amplifies the culture of stress around admissions and reinforces the stigma attached to learning differences and accommodations, leaving parents concerned that their kids’ evaluations won’t be taken seriously any more. Read more ›

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The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

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Getting an A in biology — and being awakened, in the process, to the wonders of the natural world — doesn’t matter if a committee of strangers at Stanford isn’t sufficiently impressed? Read more ›

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Helping Middle School Students Get Ready for High School [presentation] [video]

Is your child transitioning to high school this year? Learn more about valuable aspects of a successful transition for your child in the move from middle school to high school.  Jeff Kozlowski, MA, Head of Sand Hill School and Elaine Antipuesto, Math and Advisory Middle School teacher at Sand Hill School, discuss building self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, plus emotional coping strategies. Read more ›

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The Frenzied College Admission Race is Making Our Children Sick

college437The news stories about parents bribing their children’s way into selective colleges is deeply unsettling on many levels, but there is—potentially—one small silver lining. These stories shine a light on what has become endemic among today’s affluent youth and their families: a single-minded, even frenzied drive to succeed in the college admission race. This pursuit of a narrow definition success is making our children sick. Read more ›

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How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully One Another

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Or, she could be in a secret chat room. Read more ›

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Talking to Your Child About Sex and Relationships [web resource]

healthconnectedlogo429Many parents feel anxious about talking to their child about sex and relationships, particularly given the wide ranging images and messages we receive on a daily basis about gender roles, relationships, and sexuality. Here are a few tips for parents from Health Connected, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. Read more ›

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Navigating Mental Health Services for Your Child [video]

Do you think your child is experiencing anxiety and depression that needs to be addressed, but you don’t know where to start? Navigating mental health services can be challenging. Listen to a panel of specialists moderated by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD, Chief Clinical Officer at Children’s Health Council, to learn more about the services that are available and how you can access them when you need them. Read more ›

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Four Key Executive Functioning Strategies for Your Child

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Written by Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at CHC

March Madness is around the corner: a time of anticipation and excitement for college basketball fans around the globe. Many students, however, especially those with learning and attention differences, are experiencing another form of madness altogether: midterms, projects, deadlines and a pressure to succeed. In a recent study, 45% of teens reported feeling stressed “all the time.” Many parents feel helpless as they wonder how best to help their kids stay afloat.

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