Understanding Childhood Phobias and How to Help Your Child Cope

childhood phobias

Fear is a natural response. It’s hardwired into our brains. In an emergency situation, the logical thought processes we use to navigate the complexities of life are simply too slow; seconds can mean the difference between survival and disaster. It’s a natural feature of the emotional “operating system” of our brains. But some fears escape…

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Discipline for Teens: 5 Things That Work & 5 Things That Don’t

discipline for teens

It’s amazing how words change over time. Take “discipline.” The word has roots in Latin meaning teaching and learning. For example, we speak of “the discipline of Medicine.” But crack open your copy of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and you’ll see “instruction” is the second definition of discipline, and an obsolete one at that. Primarily, the word…

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Teen Going to College? Tips to Help Them Transition Positively

Teen Going to College

It comes with the territory; teenagers long to experience independence and explore ways to do so as they grow up. The ultimate expression of this longing is when teenagers leave their parent’s home and move out for the first time. This can be an exciting, stressful, whirlwind experience for both parents and their teens. What…

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How to Help Your Children Cope with the Effects of Divorce

effects of divorce

As an adult, dealing with the emotional effects of divorce is difficult, but manageable. Your sense of the world is relatively stable; you know that big changes aren’t the end of the world. You can visualize a path forward and the resources you’ll need to navigate it. For your children, the news of your divorce…

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