Is Our Family Ready for a Pet?

Leisure & Vacation
Parents Tips

Before you spontaneously head off the SPCA or Humane Society with your kids, consider taking some time to think through the decision to take on another family member. Pets need much more than just food and water, and it is important to consider whether your family is totally prepared or if your children can truly be responsible for helping with a pet. Animals (ranging from hamsters to dogs) need regular veterinary check-ups, plenty of space, exercise, and lots of love and attention. Many compare bringing home a pet to having a baby—in the sense that it will take up your… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on August 4, 2017

Six Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores

Discipline & Behavior
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Getting children to do chores—and even getting ourselves to do chores—can be a chore in and of itself. We grumble and resist, and so do they! Resistance shows up no matter how big or small we are! Contributing to daily life tasks is healthy and appropriate for children to learn … and they should not be ‘paid’ to do these kinds of jobs. Our home and life together requires care and attention to which we all contribute. So how can we expect our children to be cooperative? Here are a few ideas to help your children participate: Offer choices: Create… Continue Reading


Posted by Bonnie Romanow on July 26, 2017

Parenting through Separation and Divorce—5 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

Deciding to separate or divorce from your spouse or partner is often one of the most stressful life transitions that we embark on. It can be difficult to take care of yourself while also being a supportive caregiver for your kids—who have their own feelings and opinions in the matter. Effective parents nurture their own needs along with their child’s. When faced with a major life change our stress levels go up, increasing our risk of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and unhealthy coping strategies, like excessive alcohol or drug use. It is essential that parents going through this life altering process… Continue Reading


Posted by Mechele Pruitt on July 20, 2017

Transitions to Middle School: The New Normal

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

Five Important Conversations to Have with Your Preteen Do you remember middle school? It was probably a blur of braces, challenging social dynamics, and puberty. What I remember most from that time is walking to and from school without supervision for the first time and being home alone after school. The shift from being constantly supervised as a child to having so much independence was scary at first, but then became my new normal. Independence comes in many forms in middle school. It’s a lot to manage going from one teacher to seven teachers with many more subjects, homework for every… Continue Reading


Posted by Elina Koretsky on July 11, 2017

Talking with Children about Difficult Topics

Parenting Skills
Parents Tips

All parents are driven by an overwhelming need and desire to protect their children. We believe our job is to keep them safe and to make life as stress free for them as we can while they are young. Many parents do their best to keep their children away from shocking news or information that might scare them, so they can help them hold on to the idea that the world is a wonderful, safe place where most people are good. There are also many other parents who feel that the world is so full of risks and predators that… Continue Reading


Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on July 6, 2017

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