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Building Strong Family Connections in the “New Normal”

By Chelsea Pfister, MSW – September 15, 2021 – For the past year and a half, families across the country have been working to settle into an ever-changing sense of what’s being referred to as “the new normal.” While simultaneously juggling workload, home life, and family relationships, parents and families are constantly being presented with […]

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Parenting with Positivity

By Haley Droste, LCSW – September 10, 2021 – Life is busy. Most parents feel stretched by stressors related to work demands, organizing family schedules, managing household functions like grocery shopping, planning meals, cleaning, and laundry. When we’re stressed as adults, those feelings have a way of spreading through the home, creating an atmosphere where […]

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Jazzy the Cat Encourages Children to Read

By Lori Powell, LCSW – September 1, 2021 – Not many people can say they’ve read a story to a cat. Surprisingly, our furry feline friends can prove to be avid listeners, like my cat Jazzy! Jazzy and I have been registered through Pet Partners as an Animal Assisted Therapy Team since 2018. The Paws […]

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Incorporating Family Time into Your Schedule

By Staci Chambers, LSW – August 25, 2021 – The last year and a half has certainly provided its fair share of uncertainties and changes. From school and business closures to stay-at-home orders, we have all had to adjust. Those adjustments inevitably lead to spending extended periods of time at home. For some, this provided […]

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Teaching Young Children to Follow Directions

By Diane Braun, Project Manager – August 12, 2021 – Many parents struggle with getting their young child’s attention and teaching them to follow simple directions such as picking up toys, throwing away a napkin, or going to bed. What’s the secret to getting them to listen? It starts with making the direction as simple […]

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When to Seek Professional Help for your Teen

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – July 28, 2021 – Parenting is no easy task. The teen years are notorious for challenging parents. While these years are a time of growth and a move towards independence for teens, parents may struggle to find a balance between encouraging independence and hovering too much.  Distinguishing normal teenage behavior […]

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Creating Positive Self-Worth in Your Child

Abby Betz, LSW – July 21, 2021 – As a school social worker, I have worked with students of all ages in both public and private schools. I have found, unfortunately, that the majority of students are unable to verbalize what they like about themselves. Most students lack the ability to talk about positive conditions […]

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Ashley Underwood, LCSW – July 13, 2021 – As the mother of a child who will start kindergarten this fall, there’s been a nagging question in the back of my mind: “Is he ready?” Beginning kindergarten is typically the start of formal education for most children, which can be an extreme transition from life at […]

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Tips for Parenting Together Successfully

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW – July 7, 2021 – Parenting can be like spending time on a seesaw. There are ups and downs. Parenting with your partner when you don’t see eye-to-eye on discipline methods, however, adds another challenging element to the mix. In cases like this, both parties need to sit down and discuss […]