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First Day Worries: Ways to Cope

First Day Worries: Tips to help children starting (or returning) to school

The start of the school year is harder for some children. Maybe because it’s the very first time to attend school … maybe because it’s a new school due to a move or other life event … or maybe because the
Helping Kids Transition Back to School

Helping Kids Transition Back to School

It’s that time of year again … time for kids to head back to school. Whether you are parent that’s super excited to get your kids out of your hair and back to class or a parent that’s dreading the end
PlayDrMom shares ways to cope with sibling rivalry

Sibling Rivalry: Tips, Books, & Helpful Links

Relationships between brothers and sisters are some of the most important and potentially longest lasting relationships in our lives.  As parents helping to foster these relationships is important, but despite our very best efforts, rivalry between siblings is BOUND to happen.
I have Depression.  PlayDrMom  shares her story in hopes to help END THE STIGMA of mental illness.

My Depression Story … end the stigma

This post was written as a contribution to the Perfectly Imperfect: Parenting with Mental Illness Blog Carnival.  The participating bloggers are sharing their experiences, thoughts, and opinions on how living with mental illness affects their daily lives and parenting practices. My
Trouble with Transitions: PlayDrMom offers some tips on helping kids switch gears

Trouble with Transitions

For some kids getting them to switch activities or leave for another location is like trying to move a brick wall.  Maybe the child has always had difficulty with transitioning … or maybe it’s a new concern.  Having trouble with transitions
Utilizing the books of David Shannon

Utilizing the Books of David Shannon in Play Therapy and as Parenting Resources

David Shannon is one of my favorite children’s author and illustrator.  I love is simple, child-focused pictures and story contact that is fun, yet usually has a great message for kids.  For this reason his books are also wonderful to use
Books about Divorce

Books to Help Children Understand Divorce

Here’s a list of books for kids about divorce.  I use these in play therapy and recommend them to parents when the family is going through a divorce.  If you have some to add, please leave a comment below! The Family

14 Days of Busy Mamas Dating Their Husbands – PlayDrMom’s lunch date

I’m pretty lucky.  My parents help us out A LOT with our kids … not only do we get a night out about once a month, but they also watch the kids 3 afternoon/evenings a week when I go to work

“The last time I went on vacation, I …” FTSF #3

This post is written in response to the “Finish The Sentence Friday Blog Hop (FTSF #3) hosted by Janine @ Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic and Kate @ Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine with My Morning Quiet Time.  I plan to “finish the sentence” each

“One of the most embarrassing things I ever did was …” FTSF #2

This post is written in response to the “Finish The Sentence Friday Blog Hop (FTSF #2) hosted by Janine @ Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic and Kate @ Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine with My Morning Quiet Time and co-hosted by Stephanie @ Mommy, for Real and Jen @ JenJen’s Soapbox
mom geek quest for donuts

Confessions of a Mom Geek – “I went to the grocery store … ” FTSF #1

So, I was poking around the blogosphere with some unexpected free time I had on Friday and found a brand new blog hop that intrigued me … “Finish the Sentence Fridays” hosted by Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic and Can I

PlayDrMom’s Favorite Holiday Movies & TV Shows

I really enjoy fully embracing the season.  I’m one of those crazy ladies that likes to listen to the Christmas station on the radio in my car or on Pandora Radio on my computer.  I’m probably just as excited (if not