parenting tips Archive

Halloween EQ: Sensitivity Training for kids AND ADULTS

Since Halloween is just a couple days away, I thought it was the PERFECT time to discuss the importance of being mindful about children’s feelings.  Actually, ANYTIME is good to discuss this .. but I have a

Protective Armor Against BULLIES

Bullies.  They are out there.  Young and old.  People who tear down others … maybe to feel stronger, in more control, (falsely) better.  They may do it verbally … picking on someone’s faults or differences, making “jokes”

The ABCs of Back to School … and The Weekly Kids Co-Op

Each September I’m never who is more upset that summer has come to an end … me or my kids.  I know lots of parents find the school-free days stressful and can’t wait to send them off

Teach Kids How to STOP Negative Thinking

“I can’t”                  “I’ll never be able to …”                                          

The ABCs of SUMMER … and The Weekly Kids Co-Op

It’s SUMMER.  I’m really looking forward to all the fun my kids and I will have this season.  I rounded up the ABCs of Summer … for a ton of fun from A to Z! A –

Utilizing the Books of Mem Fox in Play Therapy and as Parenting Resources

I’ve said this time again, one of the reasons we love participating in the Virtual Book Club for Kids is because it exposes myself and my kids to children’s authors that we might not otherwise explore.  This

Eat a Rainbow: Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring Denise Fleming

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring author/illustrator, Denise Fleming.  Her books were new to the kids and I … and we had a ton of fun exploring them. Amazon.com Widgets  One book, however,

Play of Adjusted and Maladjusted Children

As I was reviewing the required text, Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (3rd Ed)“, by Garry Landreth, for the Psychotherapy with Children course I am teaching this trimester, I was reminded of the basic differences between

Principles for Relationships with Children

In preparing for the start of the Psychotherapy with Children course that I’m teaching at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, I decided to make a visual of Garry Landreth’s Principles for Relationships with Children.   While creating

Winter Holiday Class Party

Last year I was one of 3 room moms for my son’s 1st grade class room, here’s the wonderfully wintery class party we put together! There were 8 stations for the kids to go through.  There were

4 Fun (FREE!) Thanksgiving Apps

We had SO much fun playing with all the Halloween apps that I found for my iPhone, that I just had see if I could find some for Thanksgiving.  Here’s 4 Fun (FREE!) Thanksgiving Apps that I

“Bear Says Thanks”: Learning Homophones

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Karma Wilson.  The kids and I had only read of couple of her books before, so it was a lot of fun to explore her books in