Parenting Teens

Aren’t There Any Average Kids Anymore?

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Parenting Teens | 0 comments

Every parent of a high schooler knows that 11th grade is a tough year.. SAT/ACT prep, driver’s ed, AP classes, college visits… You’d think after a year with all of that, senior year would be a breeze.. well, guess what? It’s not!!! Senior year brings on a whole new set of stressors. Your teen is now choosing the college she wants to attend and then applies there, plus 9 other “safety” schools.. just in case she doesn’t get in to her ED (Early Decision) choice. Don’t forget, there is also ED2. If your daughter doesn’t get into her first choice (she will find out sometime in...

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5 Life Lessons Single Moms Can Learn from Their Children

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Divorce, Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

As parents, we learn it is our job to teach our children life lessons both big and small. We want to protect our children from all that is bad in this world and enrich their lives with all good things. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, particularly when going through one of life’s most stressful and sad times.. a divorce. No one gets married with the intention of getting divorced. But it happens. While we try to get through it as best we can, many times it might seem we’re doing everything wrong, and to make that even worse, our kids are watching. It is important to know that...

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How to Minimize the Mental Health Impact of Divorce on Your Children

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Divorce, Parenting Children, Parenting Teens, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Minimize the Mental Health Impact of Divorce on Your Children

Anyone in the throes of a divorce knows that there are many different emotions involved ranging from sadness, anger, anxiety to relief, contentment and peace. Realize your children will also have varying degrees of emotions throughout the process that should also be addressed. Normal reactions for children during a divorce could be anger, anxiety or mild depression. They might become more irritable and possibly regress in behavior. Some teens might rebel and get themselves into trouble. If you are not cautious, your divorce may affect your children’s mental health. As their parent, you have...

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10 Positive Lessons Children Learn From Divorce

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in Divorce, Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

10 Positive Lessons Children Learn From Divorce

We constantly read about the negative impact of divorce on children. We, as parents know that our children need special concern and attention while we navigate the divorce process and rebuild our lives. And, we attempt to give them everything they are owed. We rarely hear about the positive impacts of divorce or the ways divorce can change our children for the better. Change them in ways that will, contrary to belief be beneficial as they grow. In spite of what you read children of divorce learn some very positive life lessons that are not always negative ones. 10 Positive Lessons Children...

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Help! My Child Might Need Testing Accommodations!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens | 0 comments

Spring is a time for many exciting events.. The end of school, prom, graduation, camp shopping.. But it can also be a time of significant stress for many families of students with special needs who do not quite meet the requirements for an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) but who still need some accommodations on testing, particularly standardized testing such as the SAT, ACT and AP exams. The process can be daunting (and expensive) so I wanted to share an outline of the process to help clarify some unanswered questions parents (and students) might have. What accommodations can my child...

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Who are these people? Learning the differences between psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians and other mental health professionals

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Parenting Children, Parenting Teens, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who are these people? Learning the differences between psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians and other mental health professionals

Recently, someone posted on a community forum that they were looking for a child psychologist for help with diagnosing ADHD in their child. Some of the recommendations given were for professionals that are able to diagnose, but are not psychologists. There are many different mental health professionals that, while have some overlapping skills and areas of expertise, each have their own specific roles to fill and limitations within their fields of what they can and cannot do. I am hopeful the following descriptions will help those who might be unaware of the differences between these different...

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