A move can really take a toll on a family. From packing up boxes, selling a home, working with a mortgage company, and finding new schools and other important locations in your new area, there’s a lot to take care of and a lot going on. Financially, logistically, and physically, it’s a time of massive change. This kind of event is a lot for adults to deal with, but it can also be emotionally overwhelming, even traumatic, for children, who may not fully comprehend what is happening. If you are planning a family move, here are some ways to help your kids ease the transition:Continue Reading
Childhood fears are nothing new. Whether it’s the dark, the boogeyman under the bed, or going to school for the first time, at one time or another, almost every kid has something that he/she is afraid of. And while this is a normal stage of growing up, fears and phobias can be quite distressing not only for children, but for their parents as well. As rational adults, how do we react to our sons and daughters’ fears in a way that doesn’t belittle them but also doesn’t make them seem worse? Here are some strategies for moms and dads to best respond to common childhood fears.
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Many kids these days are involved in competitive sports. From little league to gymnastics, swimming to soccer, basketball to ballet, there’s an endless list of activities that children and teens can participate in where they can improve and showcase their athletic ability, create friendships, and learn important life skills like communication and teamwork. But at what point does a sports hobby go too far? When do the sacrifices (all-day meets, missing out on vacation, meticulously counting calories, etc.) become too much of a burden? Here are a few ideas to consider to help you decide whether or not you need to scale it back with your kids’ sports: