parenting tips Archive

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

When Witches Aren’t Just for Halloween: Pagan Children Learning Series

For many the talk of witches and magic isn’t over when November 1st rolls around.   For Pagans, discussions about magic and witches are of importance ALL year long. Pagan parents … and anyone interested in learning

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? – a Fun Menu activity to go along with Nick Sharratt’s book

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Nick Sharratt!  Once again I collected all the books I could by him at our library … and a couple that we had around the house.  Here

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 …

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

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

All About the Alphabet: Fun with learning letters

I believe very strongly that as parents we should help make learning fun for our kids.  Finding playful ways to learn the ABCs can be a really great start.  Here’s a round up of my own alphabet

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.