Preparing Your Child for Big Changes

Change offers you an opportunity for supporting adaptive emotional coping in your child that prepares her for life. Here are guiding principles: Consistency. Create a rhythm for the day; it doesn’t need to be rigid, but should have some elements of predictability....

Regulating Through the Holidays and into the New Year!

Could it really be that time of year AGAIN?!  Halloween leads to Thanksgiving which kicks off the Winter Holidays and then it’s Happy New Year!  Right about now, life picks up speed at a feverish pace, both at school and at home.  That’s why it is good...

Strategies For Parenting The Strong Willed Child

“Strong Willed” kids often have terrific gifts that can develop into leadership qualities as they get older.  One of the primary parenting challenges can be the ease with which you can find yourself in a power struggle! Your focus needs to be less on compliance...

Making and Keeping Friendships

Friendships are important in a child’s emotional well-being. Friendships are the context in which your child develops communication skills, emotional regulation and problem solving. Yet navigating friendships can be tricky and involve many complex skill sets.   It...

How To Support Positive Sibling Relationships

Sibling strife… well, it’s perfectly normal. You will notice that your kids’ relationships will ebb and flow from togetherness to staunch opposition across time and developmental levels. Nonetheless, there are some basic principles to support healthy sibling...

Parenting A Sensitive Child

Does your child seem to overreact to sounds or tags on his shirt? Does your child have an incredible memory, recalling details you never even noticed? Does your child seem to have out of proportion emotional reactions to seemingly small things? Is your child most...

Getting Your Child To Talk

For some of us, talking happens easily and for others, talking can be difficult and many of us are somewhere in between. Have you noticed how hard it can be to get your child to talk about their feelings? Even the most outgoing youngster can become shy about their...

Time Out or Time In?

Parents frequently ask me about the effectiveness of using Time Out as a strategy for dealing with their children’s challenging behavior. I believe that it can play a role, but it’s important to look at what you want to achieve. Likely you are hoping to get your child...

How to Set Boundaries

Ahhh… the balance of giving your children choice while also providing a sense of order.  Creating “boundaries” are critical for setting a sense of safety and security for your child.  Boundaries provide predictability, consistency and contingency, which are...