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
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One evening I was hanging out on Twitter and started talking to Zack about my toddler’s love for coloring and drawing. After talking to Zack, he shared with me his story about “Taking Care of Business – Mental Illness is Not a Deterrent“. At the age of 16, Zack is working on becoming an entrepreneur and using his gifts and talents to make…Continue
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Magnificent Monday - it is magnificent to take action now with a new attitude.
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Like every other parent in America, I sent my kids off to school yesterday morning with a giant lump in my throat. The horrific events of Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School were at the forefront of my mind as I hugged each of my twins as tightly as I could. A small part of me even wished they were sick so they could stay safe at home with me. However,…Continue
Millions of children are sexually abused every year. Follow these 6 tips to keep your kids safe.
have read two powerful articles about child sexual abuse this week. Evolutionary Parenting published an article written by Anonymous about the power of our words and the effects they have when we find out that someone is sexually abusing our child ... you should check it out. The words are…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments
How your pooch can teach you to be a better parent.
Our dog Duke has been so depressed this week. He's a lovable yellow lab who is always willing to run with the kids, chase a ball or go for a long walk by the river. Not this week. He lays on the couch, mopes to his bowl for his breakfast and then returns to the couch.
So, why is this week different? School has started and he is missing our daughter. He misses her so much that he sleeps in her room every night and jumps…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments
Why you should learn to speak your child's language, and not the other way around.
I find myself constantly talking about communication in my office. I always ask, "what is your tone of voice?" "What is your body language saying?" "How are you delivering your message?" "What is your child trying to say through his behavior?" "What are you trying to say through your behavior?" There is a constant discussion about communication.
Yet in my own life, I continue to make some…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments
In light of the Bumbo Baby Seat recall, I am reminded of how much we worry as parents.
When our first-born child, Stella was only 2 hours old, I said to my husband, "You better
have a darn good relationship with her for her entire life. You may be the only
connection we have to her in her teen years." He just looked at me like I was crazy. In
his defense, I probably was a little crazy. I had just gone through labor. That said, I
clarified my statement to him…
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments
As we get ready for the return of school, it's important to remember the role that teachers play.
I have the wonderful opportunity of having many educators in my life. Several of my dearest friends are educators. Many of my colleagues work in the school setting. I knew at an early age that education would be important in my own life and pursued an education undergraduate degree. Although, I have never been a “teacher” in a classroom filled with kids, I have been an…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:06pm — 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
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 2:58pm — No Comments
These very words set the tone for how we treat people. What are we teaching our children?
WARNING: I will be ranting today! I have some major energy in the above topic. So, if you are easily offended or sensitive, please stop reading now and return for a later blog!
That said, let’s chat about tolerance versus acceptance. I see the word “tolerance” everywhere…teach kids tolerance, we need to tolerate others, human resources departments that have tolerance…
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments
When you get mad at your kids, just remember this "no kill policy."
Then, I go on to explain: "Sometimes, especially in our families, we have really strong emotions that make us angry and want to attack the ones we love. Strong emotions can often times…Continue
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments
A mother suffering from mental illness.
A little sweet girl who wants nothing more than her mother’s love.
Family members who turn their backs to the blatant horror that is staring them in the face.Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on September 3, 2012 at 4:22pm — No Comments
Many teens are considering dropping out of school. This article addresses this dilemma.
As a therapist who sees teenagers, I get this questioned posed to me often…Stacy, I don’t want my child to drop out of school, but they refuse to go and I don’t know what to do. What should I do? I often approach this topic from “what is your child communicating to the rest of us that we aren’t hearing?”
Have you been to high school lately? It can definitely be a bit…
Added by Stacy York on August 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Spring is just around the corner! To most of us, spring represents a time for freshness, growth and re-birth. Flowers start to bloom, animals emerge from hibernation, and birds return to the north from their winter homes to nest, procreate, and chirp away from morning ‘til dusk.
In most parts of the country, days become longer, weather becomes milder, and many people emerge from their own winter hibernations and spend less time indoors. The warmer weather…Continue
Added by Judy Belmont on March 15, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments
** If a day ever went by where a kid HADN'T peed on a toilet seat here, I'd swear I was in the wrong house.
** I seriously could not be more unorganized.
** Everybody needs a mental health day. (Still waiting impatiently to cash in on mine....)
** Homework supervision is totally interfering with my tweeting and…Continue
By Jennifer Urezzio, Contributor – Spiritual Affairs
Over the next couple of weeks, you will be seeing a lot of articles on the holiday spirit, getting through the holidays stress free, and what gifts to purchase for loved ones.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if this year, you let the joy and the true spirit of this joyous season carry forward…
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