Archive | Transitions

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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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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Hot Under the Collar

8 Common Anxiety Symptoms and a Few Ways to Begin to Cool Off By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC When you have anxiety, it’s easy to feel like others don’t understand what you’re going through. Anxiety itself can make you feel as though you’re suffering from symptoms, worries and concerns that are not only pronounced – they […]

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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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What I say before I even open my mouth:

The value and importance of understanding non-verbal communication By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC ”The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” –Peter F. Drucker  Why Non-Verbal Communication? The World English Dictionary defines nonverbal communication as “those aspects of communication, such as gestures and facial expressions, that do not involve verbal communication but which […]

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Strategies for Parenting the Older Adolescent

Steering Versus Fueling By Dan Fox, LPC Let’s use the metaphor of life as a car.  If your daughter’s life was a car, when she’s little, it’s your job to steer.  We’ve got to keep them safe, provide a rational structure, help them when they are stuck emotionally or with one of life’s many challenges.  Still, […]

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Helping Your Teen Have a Successful Summer

Q; How can I help my adolescent have a fun, productive, and safe summer? A: Summers can be a unique challenge for parents of adolescents. On the one hand we want to honor their desire for making more of their own decisions regarding summer activities, as the shift to independence is a key developmental task […]

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Helping Your Child Transition from the Summer Back to School

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Q: After the summer break, what are some suggestions on transitioning my student from a more laid back summer schedule to a school routine and avoiding the chaos that comes with early weeks of school? A: Much like the calendar year, the school year also has a certain seasonality or flow. […]

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Realizing New Year’s Resolutions

 By Jan Hittelman The fresh start of a new year brings the promise of things to come. Too often our feelings of optimism soon give way to disappointment, as we are often unable to realize our new resolutions. Another year when we don’t lose weight, exercise more, do better in school, become more prosperous, etc. […]

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Happy New Year?

 By Jan Hittelman Ushering in the New Year typically brings an optimistic and celebratory energy where all our resolutions seem potentially achievable. Because of the unfolding economic crisis that will continue to play out, it may be difficult for many of us to embrace a sense of optimism this year. The vast majority of us […]

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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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What’s on the Mind of Middle School Youth?

By Jan Hittelman We often assume that the pressures and risk factors that impact youth begin in high school. The truth is that they begin in middle school, when youth are typically 11 to 14 years of age. Boulder County Healthy Youth Alliance partners, a collaboration of local youth-serving agencies and groups, conducted “youth summits” […]

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The Between Years

By Jan Hittelman Most parents see adolescence as their greatest challenge. Until then, we assume we can comfortably rely on the parenting strategies that have worked in the past with our younger children. This faulty logic often leaves us unprepared for the challenges of the teenage years and results in our parenting approach being more […]

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Successfully Transitioning into High School and College

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Making the transition into high school and college can be both exciting and stressful for both parents and students. Here are some suggestions to help make these transitions successful: • Create an opportunity to have a special family event to acknowledge this important transition in your child’s life. A special meal, […]

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Transitioning into Middle School

By Dr. Jan Hittelman The transition from Elementary to Middle School represents a significant developmental shift from childhood to adolescence. In addition to increased expectations regarding independent student responsibilities, there are also neurological, hormonal, emotional and social changes that occur. Increased concerns regarding at-risk behaviors also become an issue. Not surprisingly, this can be a […]

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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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