• Hope survives

    Aysha A. Hagene, a psychotherapist at Simply Counseling in Chicago and Evanston who specializes in depression, anxiety and stress, gets a lot of questions about the series from tweens and teens struggling with some of the same issues as the main character. 

    While Hagene acknowledges the show tackled intense content, particularly the unyielding scene as Baker made the choice to liv...

  • Backyard Camping

    Backyard Camping!

    I've been hearing a lot of families are going camping this summer. Even if you're s...

  • Weekend Project: "Calm Jar"

    Weekend Project: "Calm Jar"

    I want to share a sensory activity that I love to use with children to he...

  • Screen Time check-in

    Screen Time check-in

    In the spirit of maximizing summer fun, consider limiting screen time to one or two hours a day. Here are a few tips to help:

    The Calm Down Plan

    The Calm Down Plan

    "How can I help my child when she's having a tantrum" is probably the most popular...

  • The Uncluttered Life

    The Uncluttered Life

    Now is the perfect time to unclutter your home. While you're at it consider uncl...

  • Counseling and Yoga

    I've recently discovered the benefits of yoga. One of the best parts of yoga, for me, is the breathing style. I've been practicing Ujjayi Pranayama which you can read more about here Http://'s that time of year again!

    It's that time of year again!

     Daylight Saving Time is this Sunday, March 9th. Moving the clock forward will gift us much needed extra daytime sunshine!
    Our circadian rhythm is quite rigid so shifting our internal clock isn't always smooth. Since we are moving the clock forward, your child may not be as sleepy as usual at bedtime. You might consider ...

  • How can I encourage my child to be more self-sufficient?

    Question of the week: How can I encourage my child to be more self-sufficient?

    It's my belief that we...

  • Inspired by the Olympics!

    I'm excited about the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics! This year, the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi features 12 new events, including women's ski jumping. This unique world wide event presents learning opportunities for our children. I previously wrote about "the art of teaching by example ". The idea that you need to work hard for your goals is an inspiring message. I believe the Olympic athletes are great role models and it's refreshing to see how their hard work and dedication reaps its own rewards. I also think it's a great opportunity for young girls to see women who are revered for their physical strengths. Encouraging our girls to value their bodies for its strengths is a beautiful thing...

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