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How to build your child’s self-esteem at every age

The best part of my job is when I get to help families support and nurture kids’ mental health. One of the primary ways we do that is by building young peoples’ self-esteem. Positive self-esteem in kids is characterized by a feeling of positive self-worth, general optimism, a willingness to try new things, and a …

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How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely during COVID-19

Thanksgiving is not only a holiday dedicated to gathering family around the dinner table, but even more so to reflecting and counting our blessings. As we approach the end of an unexpected roller coaster of a year, there is still so much to be thankful for — and we certainly deserve some heartwarming comfort food …

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Keeping family traditions alive this holiday season

As we all continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, holiday celebrations may still look a bit different this year. These winter months that are usually filled with excitement and anticipation may not feel quite the same for many of us this year—especially for our kids. While some activities have resumed thanks to the COVID-19 …

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Pandemic holidays: Planning for difficult conversations and emotions

Since we are still smack-dab in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to know what this holiday season will look like. Even if you’re someone who has hosted the same holiday party for the last 10 years, this year might be an exception.   As special as the holiday season is for many of …

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A not-so-scary guide to Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s officially spooky season! You know what that means — colder weather, scary movies, pumpkin carving, candy and everything in between. Though traditional holiday celebrations may look slightly different this year, we’ve got a few tips and tricks up our sleeve to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe while still squeezing in those beloved thrills …

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Our miracle NICU twins: Finding joy outside of the birth plan

One afternoon, my mother-in-law and I were visiting when we got on the topic of expanding our family. By something I said, she thought I was telling her I was pregnant — I quickly responded that I WAS NOT! I was not ready for another pregnancy, as my son was one month shy of a …

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Parent and teacher: How to seamlessly play both roles

As Barbara Bush once said, “The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher and reading is the child’s first subject.”  Nine years. This June was the start of our ninth year homeschooling. and while we have had successes throughout the years, we have also had challenges. This year has …

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5 ways to help your child adapt to a new normal

Over the course of the last five months, our world has faced the challenges and changes brought on by COVID-19. There is no doubt that family units across the board have experienced shifts in their day-to-day routines, having no choice but to grow accustomed to life as we now know it.  Each day, we ingest new …

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Helping kids stay social while physical distancing

Spending time with friends is an important part of life for most children. Whether your child is a preschooler, elementary schooler, tween or teen, physical distancing can bring about feelings of isolation and loneliness. These ideas can help add some “normal” back into this abnormal time. Plenty of ideas and activities can be appropriate for …

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