May is National Mental Health Awareness month. We have come a long way as a nation over the last couple of decades in how we view mental health issues, however, we still need to continue to improve the way people with a mental illness are viewed and treated.
Mental health is simply our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It is just as important as our physical health. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. It is important for us to realize that people of all ages, race, ethnicity,…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 13, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments
Did you know that you can teach your child how to sort by color without spending a ton of money? Look around your house and you can easily find a wide variety of items that you can use to teach your child their colors. For example you can use cereal, gummy bears, articles of clothing, blocks, construction paper, and a variety of other object around…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on March 4, 2014 at 7:02pm — No Comments
I remember my oldest son had a lot of problems when he was a baby with frequent upper respiratory infections, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and asthma. I never found out what triggered his asthma problems but I am assuming it is because he has sensitivity to environmental allergens. In fact, now he only has to use an inhaler when he exercises outdoors,…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments
If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child’s development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.
Added by Stacy Hladek on February 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments
As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have had an increase in calls to our Family Support Line related to children refusing to go to school. If you did not read the previous blog, it would be a good place to start regarding general information on heading off school avoidance in children.
What is school avoidance? The website, Human Illnesses, defined school avoidance as “when children and teens repeatedly stay home from school or are repeatedly sent home from school, because of…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on December 13, 2013 at 12:06pm — No Comments
We have had three calls to our Family Support Line in the last month related to children refusing to go to school. It occurred to me that this might be a good topic to address in the blog. In the twenty years that I have been working with children and families, I have noticed that school avoidance seems to rise around the holidays. I believe there are a few reasons for the peak in school avoidance around this time of year. The first is that the semester is finishing up and the stress…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on November 25, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I woke up the other morning with a song stuck in my head. That's not unusual for me. But it was a song from my childhood that my brother and I used to sing all the time. I'd repeat the lyrics here, but at this point in the story, they wouldn't make sense.
So, naturally, I texted my brother the lyrics (so they could get stuck in his head, too) and he…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 22, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
With life constantly throwing reminders at me that my kids are, in fact, growing up (cell phones, sleepovers, bike riding to school -- EEK!), I often get swept up in the everyday craziness of just trying to keep up with it all. Half the time they don't want to talk to me, let alone listen to me, and,…Continue
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August is not only the month that most children return to school, but it is also unofficially National Toddler Month. So it seemed appropriate to blog on something related to toddlers this month. Toddlers are defined as children between the ages of one to three. This is my favorite age group. They are those magical creatures that find awe in everything! Everything is new and exciting to them. They are working on figuring out how to assert their independence, but also want to know that they…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on August 30, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments
As the weather has warmed up outside, I have noticed more children and teenagers in my neighborhood outside playing and riding their bikes, scooters, or skateboards. I have noticed that the children in our neighborhood think that they own the road and aren’t always paying attention to traffic around them. Sometimes they will even continue riding in the middle of…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on June 19, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments
One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family. I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids. National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family. It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day.
An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments
Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues. Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday. There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom. I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly. Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments
I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler. While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother. My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working. Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time
Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another. It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless. There is hope!
Whenever a child is…Continue
You know how you had that one toy in your bedroom as a kid that kinda creeped you out once your parents turned out the lights and tucked you in for the night? Mine was a clown who I swear glared at me from his perch high up on my bookcase. (Special thanks to Poltergeist for that little childhood fear.) But now that I'm an adult (allegedly anyway), my daughter has…Continue
Excerpt from my public blog....An Unfinished Parent
I held my teacup in one hand while holding the steering wheel in my other as I barely inched forward in bumper to bumper traffic this morning. The coastal mist settled on my windshield and the sunrise was nearly obliterated by a
passing cloud. My seven year old sat in the back seat like any other day, wiling through the half hour freeway commute to…
Added by Lori Gertz on December 17, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Children who have internal scars are often misunderstood.
Today was a bit of a tough day at work. I sat with a family who has weathered one of the worst storms that a person could ever imagine…childhood sexual abuse. Children, under the age of 5, traded for sex and video taped for porn. Now, a decade later, these children have to deal with their inner demons. No, they are no longer living with the people who did this to them. No, they have no contact at all with anyone from…Continue
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