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Guest Author: Heather Boyd, Occupational Therapist There was a time in the early months of parenting when I counted my son’s sleep in minutes. Not hours, not half hours, and not even quarters of an hour. Minutes. I wrote down these minutes on scraps of paper in the...read more
My alarm goes off and the feeling of dread comes over me. I am about to begin the morning battle with my 9-year-old. I tiptoe into her room and place a gentle hand on her back. With a soft sing-songy voice I recite:“Hey sweetheart, it’s morning and time to get up.”...read more
Fear, anxiety, and trauma response. How you can support a child who is having an emotional meltdown.
“Trauma isn’t what happens to you, trauma is what happens inside you."-Dr. Gabor Mate We are at a stop sign on a little backroad when my nine year old flings her seat belt off and throws the car door open with an ear-bending squeal. I freak out too and yell “Close the...read more
Why does the phrase "Drive fast, take chances" elicit both laughter and fear? Researchers have identified a kind of developmentally important play called "Scary Funny." Listen to this engaging conversation with Mariana Brussoni, risk researcher from the University of...read more
Check out my guest blog post on the Children & Nature Network...read more
One of my favorite 8-year-olds and I were recently wandering a winter garden when she picked up a white and grey Mockingbird feather. In magic wand fashion she waved it back and forth, then used it to feel the wind on her cheek.Her eyelids dipped and a gentle smile...read more
Yesterday my 17-year-old and I were talking about the upcoming holiday season when she said, “Mom, I’d rather have fewer things and more of you instead.” It made me wonder, “why do people even give gifts this time of year?” After mulling over my daughter’s...read more
If you have a child, or you work with kids, you should be aware that they are living in a seriously depressed and anxious world. The World Health Organization reports that “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide” (World Health Organization, 2018)....read more
When kids don’t listen, emotionally freak out, withdraw and get aggressive, they may be demonstrating signs of underdeveloped sensory-motor processing abilities. You might never guess this, but a child’s ability to regulate their emotions has everything to...read more
This one thing is the real reason your kid won’t cooperate and five free ways to make it better now.
This one thing is the real reason your kid won’t cooperate and five free ways to make it better now. Do you wish you had a handbook for raising a cooperative, respectful kid who achieves their full potential? So did I, and then when my daughter was five months old...read more