Archive | Early Childhood

Helping Your Child Develop a Plan for a Successful School Year

By: Dr. Jan Hittelman While most students strive for academic success, many struggle to consistently perform at a level commensurate with their potential. Each year, so many students start out strong, but as the school year progresses they hit a slump and may even struggle to pass their classes at the end of the school […]

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

By: Dr. Jan Hittelman Our priorities in life not only drive our day-to-day activities but also directly influence our life goals, thoughts, feelings, and interactions with others. For better or worse, our culture steers us towards achievement, prosperity, and material wealth. Who doesn’t want to live in a big house full of cool stuff? But […]

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Transitioning Through Life

By: Dr. Jan Hittelman As parents, we all share in our child’s roller coaster ride of transitioning up the educational ladder from preschool right up to college. How we transition from one rung to another can be the difference between success and failure. This month’s newsletter focuses on transitions, with great advice inside for helping […]

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Why Recess May be the Most Important Part of the School Day

By: Dr. Jan Hittelman There’s a big difference between skills and abilities. While we are born with certain natural abilities, skills are learned and require practice to develop. It is important to remember that our children are not born with good social skills, but learn these skills through modeling and practice. There are numerous research […]

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Pet Loss: How to Help Your Child Cope with Grief

By Jenny Key, LCSW My earliest memories center on our lively, red-haired family member, Donovan. He was the star of our summer outings, ate too much birthday cake, and made holidays chaotic.  He was my constant companion and first adventure buddy.  I recall vividly, despite my young age of four, when I realized that Donavan […]

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3 Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Parenting

By Debbie Mayer, LCSW Mindfulness parenting is all the rage these days, and there’s good reason for it.  The general idea behind mindfulness is the ability to practice being present and aware without judgment.  Now, combining this approach with parenting is not necessarily what you might instinctually think to do.  ‘You mean, you want me […]

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Book Review: The Whole Brain Child

Book Review: The Whole Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your Child’s developing Mind (2011) Authors: Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Bryson, PhD By Mia Bertram, LPC The Whole Brain Child, is a must read for every parent and caregiver. This valuable resource offers easy ways to help nurture the parent child relationship while […]

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Structured Activity Rewards: Clinical Case Studies

When I first introduce the idea of using a type of behavior modification, parents often dismiss it by saying, “We’ve already tried that and it doesn’t work; what else have you got?”  This is because there are several common pitfalls that will effectively sabotage a behavior modification approach with children.  These pitfalls include: using an […]

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Grief and Loss in Parenting

By Miki Fire, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist As a relatively new parent, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the experience of this new role. Like many of you, my experience in parenting has come with some unbelievable moments of joy; the feeling of holding your baby for the first time, of seeing your baby […]

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Understanding the Common Challenges of Adopted Children

By Karen Wilding, LCSW                To begin with, I am an adopted child. I was adopted in the 40’s in a closed adoption, but I believe that although adoption has changed since the 40’s to having many more open, family and foreign adoptions, there are issues that are common to all adopted children. These issues […]

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Healthy Family Conflict

By Jan Hittelman While conflict can have a toxic affect on family functioning, it is a normal interpersonal occurrence in any relationship. The goal is not just to try and minimize it, but more importantly to develop and implement effective conflict resolution strategies for when it occurs. • Allow for a respectful exchange of opinions: […]

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Anger’s Impact

 By Jan Hittelman Recent reports of spousal assault, murder and horrific child abuse serve as a stark reminder that unaddressed anger management problems can contribute to serious consequences. Even for those whose anger management problems are less severe, the impact on family, workplace and community relationships can also be devastating. Anger is a very common […]

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Using Empowerment to Reduce Conflict

 By Jan Hittelman As the summer winds down, it is time to be thinking about the upcoming school year and how we can set our family up for success. Too often, the school year brings renewed conflicts about homework, studying, curfew, chores, screen time, the morning routine, etc. Now is the perfect time to be […]

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Setting Your Child Up for Success

By Jan Hittelman There’s a lot that parents can do to be proactive in helping their child be successful in school. Putting the optimal structure in place early in the school year will minimize problems that may not fully surface for several months. Too often parents discover significant academic/behavioral issues as a function of that […]

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The Myth of the Perfect Parent

 By Jan Hittelman Parenting is tough. Think about it. Parenting requires an adult to “control” and “correct” a child’s natural impulses and desires, for at least eighteen years! “Don’t do what you want, do what I say because I know best.” Good luck! This dynamic inevitability results in conflict, frustration and strained relations. In contrast […]

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Language Development and School Success

By Dr. Jan Hittelman One of the most amazing experiences as a parent is witnessing language development in our young children. From no language, to first words (“no” usually being one of the first!), to sentences, all in a relatively short time, typically within the first three years of life. The onset and development of […]

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Growing As Parents

By Dr. Jan Hittelman For parents of middle and high school students, efforts to help their children achieve in school can often seem like a recipe for disaster. Due to adolescent development, all the ingredients are in place: impulsivity, questioning authority, desire for independence, and raging hormones + school! It’s a roller coaster ride for […]

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