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5 tips for crossing the end-of-the-school-year finish line

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Spring brings the best of times and the worst of times. It’s by far the busiest sports season and with graduations, proms, college acceptances, end-of-school-year deadlines and summer vacation planning, the days are filled to the brim. 

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Lessons from ‘A Mother’s Reckoning’

Seventeen years after the Columbine massacre, Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold’s mother, has written a memoir “A Mother’s Reckoning.” Dylan and his friend and classmate, Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 21 others before killing themselves on April, 20, 1999, during a school shooting at Columbine High School. “A Mother’s Reckoning” is Sue’s attempt to help parents recognize signs that a child is in trouble, signs that she failed to recognize in Dylan.

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Allowing kids to be kids

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Children and teens today are more depressed and anxious than those one and two generations ago. There is a growing body of research, including studies conducted by child development expert Dr. Peter Gray, that indicate that children are suffering from less time for play and more parental control, including being over controlled, over scheduled, and over rescued. 

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Parents should feel empowered to get their child help

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Rates of childhood anxiety and depression have increased during the past 15 years. The reasons for this are complex. Some speculate that societal changes, such as higher divorce rates, over scheduling and emphasis on achievement as opposed to emotional connection, are possible contributors.

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Know when to push and when not to push your child

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I work with many adults in my practice who struggle to follow through on the positive goals they set for themselves. These are goals like exercise, keeping a healthy diet, and making their needs a priority — all self-improvement goals. My clients are responsible adults as well as committed parents who are better at caring for others than for themselves. Adults who struggle to follow through on their personal goals and challenges often did not learn to persevere as children. Their own well-intended parents may have been too permissive when they allowed their child to give up and quit a challenging activity. 

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7 ways to keep calm and carry on while marching into spring

 

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As February vacation comes to an end, students will enter what, for many, can be the most trying part of the school year. Beginning now until the end of the school year, academic expectations ramp up exponentially.

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The importance of talking to children about racism

 

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Once viewed as controversial and perhaps even a topic to be avoided, today the topic of racism is widespread. Racism is discussed on the presidential campaign trail, it’s questioned in relation to police brutality, it’s displayed through surveillance video recording taken by your average citizen, and it’s even an argument behind the choices for this year’s Oscar’s nominees.

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