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Mindfulness for all ages

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment and noticing inner experiences like thoughts and feelings.  Research shows that mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety.  Parents, children and teens may benefit from discussing their perception of mindfulness with each other...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fifty fun activities you can do with your family this summer!

Summer has arrived, and its time to start planning some fun things to do with your kids! Remember, it’s not the length of the activity that is most important, but the quality of the time you spend with your child that means the most. Also, as you will see from the list, there are many activit...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grief Camp helps kids struggling with losses

“On Saturday, I’m going to help with Camp Memories. I’m excited!” “What’s Camp Memories?” “It’s a day-long program for kids who have lost a loved one. It’s a great day.” “That doesn’t sound fun. That sounds sad. What do...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

From reckless to reconciliation

What can we do when hope seems lost and family interactions become more reckless and chaotic? Do we give up? A mother and her teen daughter have a tense relationship. The daughter makes one poor decision after another. The mother is removing one privilege after another and has very little hope in h...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Family practices during Lent

What should I give up for Lent?  This is a question I would hear a lot from my children as we approached the Easter Season.  Often we would focus on candy, not talking back to your parent (my personal favorite) or an absence of computer gaming time.  I was always very proud of my kid...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Over Extended Children

We’ve all had those moments, sitting at the dining room table, looking at our calendar and trying to figure out how we’re going to map everyone’s schedules for the week.  Practices, tutoring, homework; and then trying to figure out when and where we’re going to get all...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hush little baby … or big kid

Mornings in our house start off like races. The alarm clock is our cue to start the frenzy of waking children and packing lunches while trying to make ourselves presentable for our day.  When my children were toddlers, I worried about their sleep schedule endlessly.  Do they need one nap...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Steps to help you and your teen get ready for college

Last fall I took my oldest child to her college freshman orientation at Indiana University, and a year from now I’ll be doing the same with my youngest.  During one of the parent sessions, they asked us to write letters to our children that would be mailed to their dorm room a few weeks...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Family bonds: Why they Matter

When I ask students what they are looking forward to most over the summer, almost  all of them – including pre-teens and teens – bring up a  family activity.  Family bonding, spending quality time with your children, has so many benefits for the family, including those fo...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tips for parenting together

Parenting is difficult enough. Parenting with your spouse can be even more challenging, particularly when you disagree on discipline methods.   We recommend that you sit down together and discuss discipline philosophy.   Discipline means “to teach,” and should not be looked...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017