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December 18, 2023
Managing the Holiday Season

As part of our December holiday tradition, we are sharing an older post with lots of excellent advice on how to make the holidays a little bit merrier and brighter. Good Tidings… The Christmas and New Years Holiday is magical and fun; a wonderful time of year that spreads warm feelings and cheer in families […]

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November 23, 2023
Thanksgiving Day Special: How to Raise Thankful Kids

Thanksgiving is Extra Special Many people find Thanksgiving to be one of their favorite holidays. It’s simple, no gifts to buy, no fuss. It’s just family and friends coming together with a recognition that we have a lot to be thankful for. How Do We Help Kids Practice Being Thankful Year-round? I imagine many of […]

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September 11, 2023
Seven Tips For Making A Sticker Chart Work

Sticker charts can be an invaluable resource. Kids love to get stickers, which are inexpensive, highly motivating, and can be used numerous times throughout the day or week. From my professional and personal experience, I have seen first-hand how kid’s eyes light up when they earn stickers (with an opportunity to cash in for some […]

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July 10, 2023
Managing Transitions Between Activities

The Challenge Of Getting Your Child To Move Between Activities And Tasks Interestingly, transitions can be a challenging prospect. For neurotypical and atypical/diverse kiddos alike, transitioning from favored to disliked tasks, or even from any given activity to another, can be daunting and met with resistance, emotion, defiance, and tantrums. In fact, difficulty with activity […]

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June 19, 2023
Mission: Fatherhood! A Father's Day Letter For Dad

Re-posted from an article back in 2021, this post recognizes the importance of the role fathers play in a child's development. It has been updated for today. First, let's hear it for Moms! We all fully recognize the importance of a mom in a child’s life. Indeed, no one can surpass the love, compassion, caring, […]

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February 14, 2023
Would You Rescue Your Spouse Before Your Kids?

I originally published this post in late 2014; it's one of my favorites and I hope one of yours. I'm reminded daily of the power of family on a child's life, especially that of a mother and father working in tandem. This Valentine's Day, this is a good post in regards to the importance of […]

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December 1, 2022
Raising Thankful Children

The holiday season is a time for lots of family and celebrations. It can feel like the modern world emphasizes the excesses of festivities and gifts that often come with those celebrations. In a season where material things are advertised at every turn, how do you provide a balance between helping your children be thankful […]

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May 21, 2022
Ready or Not, Summer Break is Coming!

A version of this post appeared in Spring of 2021. Summer Break is Fast Approaching It’s May and the summer break from school will be here before ya know it. I would hate to have you awaken that fateful day in early June with the incessant “I’m bored”, or loud screaming that typically accompanies siblings […]

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December 27, 2021
The Behavioral Therapist Detective: Here’s How We Solve the Case

How It Starts... I regularly get questions from parents about how to manage their child’s behavior. We welcome such questions and look forward to working with parents to help improve the situation. I might hear something like, “my child is having lots of tantrums and is really hard to manage” or “my child won’t do […]

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November 22, 2021
Thanksgiving Day Special: How to Raise Thankful Kids

Thanksgiving is Extra Special Many people find Thanksgiving to be one of their favorite holidays. It’s simple, no gifts to buy, no fuss. It’s just family and friends coming together with a recognition that we have a lot to be thankful for. How Do We Help Kids Practice Being Thankful Year-round? I imagine many of […]

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