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What Trauma Does to a Child's Brain.

We have talked a lot about how childhood trauma impacts emotional regulation and can leave us oscillating between anger and numbness (hyper- and hypo-arousal). But what are the other symptoms of trauma?

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What are the symptoms of Executive Functioning Disorder (Part of ADHD)

Executive function is a set of key mental skills that act as a command center in the brain. These skills help kids do things like plan, manage time, control emotions, work with information and get tasks done.

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What it's like to have ADHD and learning disabilities

Some kids have a really tough time getting organized and starting tasks. Planning, focusing and using working memory can be big challenges too. Use this visual guide to see how executive functioning issues can affect a child’s daily life.

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The scary truth about what’s hurting our kids

In the past week, I’ve read several studies that are scary to me… it’s the scary truth about what’s hurting our kids.   We all know that what our kids hear becomes their inner voice, but it’s hard to control what they hear from others, isn’t it?

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The Link Between Clutter and Depression

Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too.

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What are we Doing to our Children?

Here is my new blog post. I encourage every parent who cares about the future of his/her children to read it. I know that many would choose not to hear what I say in the article, but your children need you to hear this message.

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The Underrated Role of Aunts and Uncles.

My brother-in-law and I have taken turns watching each others’ kids almost every weekend for the past year. Whether it’s me keeping my nephews or my daughters going to his place, we’ve done a pretty great job at keeping the cousins very close.

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How to help when your/a Child 'Melts Down' in Public

I rushed along the gravel pathway to our parked mini van.  Three of my children ran ahead.  I carried a flailing, screaming four year old child.

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How to Protect your Children from Sexual Abuse

Recently, a good friend of mine shared a Facebook post by one of her friends, who happens to be a pediatrician. The post was on something that should be of interest to ALL parents: child sexual abuse; specifically, when it happens, where it happens, and WHO victimizes our kids and how to talk to your kids about it and PREVENT it.

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The Benefit of Fewer Toys

Renown child educator, Maria Montessori said “Play is the child’s work.” She meant that children are not just playing when they play, but they are working. Play is an important part of child development, and the types of toys that a child interacts with shapes their understanding of the world around them.

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The Life-long Impact of Childhood Emotional Abuse

It has been said that “no one escapes childhood unscathed.” But sayings like these can have an especially significant meaning for a person who has experienced emotional abuse as a child.

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How to develop vestibular senses

When I was in elementary school, we had an awesome playground. We called it the big toy. It was this massive wooden fortress. One side had rows and rows of monkey bars and rings. We had bars we could swing around on and dangle upside down from.

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Asking better questions to improve parent-child conversation

For the first time both of my daughters are in school, each in different grades and different schools. It’s been interesting to see our family of four pulled in four different directions during the daylight hours.

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Behavior Charts are NOT Good for all kids.

In the latest Bam Radio interview titled, “The hidden side effects of classroom management systems,” It was mentioned that displaying behavior charts on the wall of your classroom “is risky business.”

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Teaching your children empathy

In the latest Bam Radio interview titled, “The hidden side effects of classroom management systems,” It was mentioned that displaying behavior charts on the wall of your classroom “is risky business.”

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Oppositional defiance disorder: When your kid isn’t just “difficult”

“You’re wrong about everything, Mom. I hate you. And I don’t like your hair either!” screamed my five-year-old child while trying her best to punch me in the leg.

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Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention

It’s a truism in child development that the very young learn through relationships and back-and-forth interactions, including the interactions that occur when parents read to their children.

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The scary truth about what’s hurting our kids

In the past week, I’ve read several studies that are scary to me… it’s the scary truth about what’s hurting our kids.   We all know that what our kids hear becomes their inner voice, but it’s hard to control what they hear from others, isn’t it?

www.yourmodernfamily.com

Living with High Functioning and Hidden Anxiety.

If you look close enough, you can see it in unanswered text messages. Flakiness. Nervous laughter. The panic that flashes through my eyes when a plan changes. When anything changes.

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What Teens Most Want from their Parents

The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible children turn scatter-brained or start having wild mood swings. Formerly level-headed adolescents ride in cars with dangerous drivers or take other foolish risks.

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How to help when your/a Child 'Melts Down' in Public

I rushed along the gravel pathway to our parked mini van.  Three of my children ran ahead.  I carried a flailing, screaming four year old child.

www.findingthegoldengleam.com

The Life-long Impact of Childhood Emotional Abuse

It has been said that “no one escapes childhood unscathed.” But sayings like these can have an especially significant meaning for a person who has experienced emotional abuse as a child.

www.themighty.com

What are the symptoms of Executive Functioning Disorder (Part of ADHD)

Executive function is a set of key mental skills that act as a command center in the brain. These skills help kids do things like plan, manage time, control emotions, work with information and get tasks done.

www.understood.org

How to develop vestibular senses

When I was in elementary school, we had an awesome playground. We called it the big toy. It was this massive wooden fortress. One side had rows and rows of monkey bars and rings. We had bars we could swing around on and dangle upside down from.

www.ilslearningcorner.com

What children learn at different stages

When I was in elementary school, we had an awesome playground. We called it the big toy. It was this massive wooden fortress. One side had rows and rows of monkey bars and rings. We had bars we could swing around on and dangle upside down from.

www.understood.org

Children Loss and Stress

Protecting children from sadness, anxiety and stress is a natural instinct for many adults. But, finding ways to help them address these inevitable obstacles to happiness is a challenge parents, teachers and other caregivers have to face head on.

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How to help when your/a Child 'Melts Down' in Public

I rushed along the gravel pathway to our parked mini van.  Three of my children ran ahead.  I carried a flailing, screaming four year old child.

www.findingthegoldengleam.com

Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention

It’s a truism in child development that the very young learn through relationships and back-and-forth interactions, including the interactions that occur when parents read to their children.

www.nytimes.com

The scary truth about what’s hurting our kids

In the past week, I’ve read several studies that are scary to me… it’s the scary truth about what’s hurting our kids. We all know that what our kids hear becomes their inner voice, but it’s hard to control what they hear from others, isn’t it?

www.yourmodernfamily.com

Oppositional defiance disorder: When your kid isn’t just “difficult”

“You’re wrong about everything, Mom. I hate you. And I don’t like your hair either!” screamed my five-year-old child while trying her best to punch me in the leg.

www.todaysparent.com

Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention

It’s a truism in child development that the very young learn through relationships and back-and-forth interactions, including the interactions that occur when parents read to their children.

www.nytimes.com