5 Unrealistic Expectations People Place on Kids with ADHD

5 Unrealistic Expectations People Place on Kids with ADHD

Kids with ADHD If you are raising or working with kids with ADHD you probably have realized that your typical approaches aren’t working with these kids. I greet exhausted and frustrated parents every week in my therapy office. I hear things like, “He just won’t listen!” And “If it is a video game – he can focus just fine!”   What I have learned, is that caring […]

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Ten Behaviors That Would Worry Even a Child Therapist!

Ten Behaviors That Would Worry Even a Child Therapist!

As parents we worry, that is what most of us do. But how do you differentiate what behaviors are common and what behaviors are something to worry about? Sometimes it is hard to tell. In my practice parents voice many concerns, many of which are easy to address and are typical for the developmental phase their kids are in. Some behaviors, however, warrant some serious […]

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Kids Reveal the Worst Parenting Mistakes: Do You Make the List?

Kids Reveal the Worst Parenting Mistakes: Do You Make the List?

As a child therapist, I get to talk to a lot of parents. I mean tons. They talked to me about their kids, about their lives and most importantly about their parenting. I then meet their kids. I get a rare inside peek into the kid’s perspective. What do the kids find effective? What do they secretly admit doesn’t work? What do they wish their […]

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Beyond Stranger Danger: 6 Off the Wall Tips That Can Save Your Kid’s Life

Beyond Stranger Danger: 6 Off the Wall Tips That Can Save Your Kid’s Life

Stranger danger doesn’t cut it. Sometimes it’s not strangers – and kids don’t always know they are in danger.   The likelihood of this happening to a child is thankfully rare. But, I am not into gambling – especially when it comes to my children.   In less than 30 minutes – you can give your children enough information to save their life.   But […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Talk: A Child Therapist’s Trade Secrets

How to Get Your Kids to Talk: A Child Therapist’s Trade Secrets

Are you able to get your kids to talk? Do they open up without too much prodding and love to give you every minute detail of their life. If this is your child, count your blessings – this article isn’t for you!   If you have a child that makes you feel like you are interrogating them every time you ask them a simple question […]

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5 of the Weirdest Parenting Tips a Child Therapist has to Offer

5 of the Weirdest Parenting Tips a Child Therapist has to Offer

We are all filled to the brim with obvious parenting tips and advice. Most of the time the challenge isn’t knowing what to do – but to have the patience and time to do it. With three kids – I have found that what works for one kid, completely backfires with another one! Parenting is not a one size fits all type of situation.    […]

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Child Therapist’s List of Top Worries by Age

Child Therapist’s List of Top Worries by Age

As children grow they have different worries and fears. There are common worries that tend to coincide with different stages of development. Below is a list of common worries by age. As with most things – this list isn’t exhaustive and some children will have different fears – or will have a fear outside of the common age range.   AGES: 2-4 years old Fears […]

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If You Have a Child with Anxiety: You Should Know These 5 Things

If You Have a Child with Anxiety: You Should Know These 5 Things

Because I eat, live and breathe anxiety – I have made the ridiculous assumption that everyone fully understands child anxiety. Working as a child therapist and having the genetic curse of anxiety in my family’s DNA – I get anxiety and unfortunately it gets me.     Over the years I have found some common misunderstandings about anxiety. If you know anxiety like I do […]

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Do You Teach Your Kids Body Safety? 10 Things Every Child Should Know.

Do You Teach Your Kids Body Safety? 10 Things Every Child Should Know.

We teach our young children all sorts of ways to keep themselves safe. We teach them to watch the hot stove, we teach them to look both ways before they cross the street, but more often than not – body safety is not taught until much older – until sometimes…it is too late.   We cannot always prevent our children from being sexually abused, but […]

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10 Signs of an Anxious Toddler

10 Signs of an Anxious Toddler

What are the signs of an anxious toddler?   Many parents and even mental health professionals will miss the early signs of toddler anxiety, as it can often look vastly different than what we might expect.   Common anxiety symptoms often do not show up until a child is school aged. But -why wait? What if you could detect those early signs and get your […]

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