Category : Parenting Tips

Holiday Tips for Parents with Children who have Mental Illness

This post was also published by Long Beach Post on Dec. 18, 2018. The holidays can be a difficult time of year for those struggling with a mental illness. It is very likely that you may know someone who may

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Video Games: How They Impact Your Child’s Mental Health

If you are a parent in 2018, chances are your child has played Fortnite, has a PlayStation Plus account, or has downloaded apps online to play on their tablet and/or mobile device. Although allowing your child to play video-games may

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Back To School Tips for Parents and Caregivers

…32 days 5 hours and 42 minutes! Are you counting down? Maybe counting down the days, hours and minutes until the chaos ends and you have your house back! Or are you counting down the hours until you have to

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Summer Self-Care

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and the school year is coming to an end. Summer is almost here! As a parent or caregiver, you’ve worked hard all year long to support your children in and

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Talking Helps After Crisis

One month has passed since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In the weeks since, we’ve heard threats of violence reported at our Long Beach schools and in numerous nearby communities. When I heard the news about

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Parents: How to Have a Healthy Conversation about Teen Dating Violence

Trying to hold a conversation with a teen can be difficult. Trying to hold a conversation about a heavy subject like teen dating violence can be even harder for both parent and teen. However, it can be informative for both

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Navigating the IEP Process, Pt 2: On to the Main Course

Jack is a 9-year-old boy in 4th grade that loves Legos, wrestling, and art. He would love to draw comic books when he grows up. He is competitive (especially with soccer), but also compassionate, is a helpful big brother to

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Take the Stress Out of Going Back to School

As summer vacation comes to an end, it’s typical for children – and parents – to feel anxious about transitioning back into the school routine. Advanced preparation can reduce some of those negative feelings and actually make going back to

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Navigating the IEP Process, Pt 1: Let’s Get This Party Started

When I am getting to know a family for the first time, I will invariably ask the question “does your child have an IEP?” and they will almost always give me one of two answers: “What’s an IEP?” or “Ugh,

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5 Senses of Summer: Tips to Help Parents & Kids Stress Less

In talking with parents lately, I’ve noticed that the reference of “here comes the summer” can either bring a calming sensation with the relief of non-strict school bell and drop off schedules, or it can bring an overwhelming stress of

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