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Separation Anxiety: Preparing Your Child And Yourself for the Times You Spend Apart

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Leaving your little one at a preschool or early childhood program for the first time can cause uncomfortable feelings of separation anxiety for both you and your child. Remind yourself that as painful as separation anxiety may be, it represents a big step in your child’s development. It means that your […]

Teens and Depression

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. As parents, it’s difficult to determine if your teen is suffering from depression or anxiety, or is merely being moody. Rates of clinical depression and anxiety have risen in the teenage population (ages 12-17) during the past ten years. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in the past […]

Just Say “No” to Spring Break

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, thousands of college students fly south to warmer climates each year and land in places like Cancun, Panama City, Cabo San Lucas and South Padre Island. Spring Break is a cultural phenomenon that was kick-started in 1960 with the movie “Where the Boys Are.” […]

Teens and Sleep

  By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Remember when your little ones awoke at the crack of dawn and instantly called for you to start the day? As parents, we wish that our young children would sleep a bit later so that we may catch some more shut-eye as well. If we only knew then how […]

Handling Homework

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Homework can become an enormous source of conflict between parents and children. Children resist doing homework, well, because it’s work and, let’s face it, they would rather play. At times, parents may wonder if teachers are trying to punish them. Is homework helpful? Most educators agree, and research supports them, that […]

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WHEN I GROW UP?

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. This is an exciting and frantic time of year for high school seniors. Many are laboring to complete college applications, and then are anxiously waiting for college acceptances. Others are graduating with high school diplomas and are eager, and also petrified, to enter the work world. This is certainly a […]

ARE YOUR CHILDREN POPULAR?

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. As parents, we are concerned about our children’s popularity with others. We want them to have friends and develop a social sensibility. Developmentally, peers (children who are the same age) become more important than adults as children grow, especially in the pre-teen and teen years. So-called “popular” children can be […]

Healthy Lunch Box Lunches

By Dinah Torres Castro At the start of the school year, most parents have great ideas for their child’s lunch box, thinking that this will be the year they will finally get it right! They have a mental list of everyday favorites (bagels and cream cheese), ones that are good old standbys (PB & J), […]

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WHEN I GROW UP?

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. This is an exciting and frantic time of year for high school seniors. Many are laboring to complete college applications, and then are anxiously waiting for college acceptances. Others are graduating with high school diplomas and are eager, and also petrified, to enter the work world. This is certainly a […]

Preparing your Child for College

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H.  Like me, you might be preparing to send your oldest child to college next fall. As I navigate my way through my daughter’s senior year, I can’t help but wonder if I’ve prepared her well for life at college. Surely there are nuggets of information I have failed to share […]

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