Values We Live By: What Are Yours?

It is generally safe to assume that a person has a set of values he or she lives by. When asked, it is probably easy to identify a handful of personal core values. Yet, if pressed, how easy is it to name all the values that define who you are? Do you think your children…

Navigating Young Adulthood

For many young adults, the transition from student to “grown-up” can be particularly challenging and stressful. After a lifetime spent in school learning how to make the grade and make a name for themselves on campus, many young adults are left feeling lonely and lost upon entering the real world. Other young adults, though their…

Cultivating Social Support

Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what. – Andy, Toy Story 3 (2010) It is…

Recognizing and Promoting Positive Social Development

As our children are now returning to the routine of school year, many parents of school age children face concerns about their children’s social development.  They may notice that their child often plays alone and is not invited to play dates or birthday parties. Or it may be that their child is having a hard…

Helping Your Child with Bullying

In recent years, there has been an increase in media and community awareness surrounding the topic of bullying, which has resulted in many schools adopting a zero-tolerance policy with respect to bullying behaviors.  However, even with the increased awareness and school interventions in place, there is a high likelihood that your child will encounter some…

Tools For Teaching Children To Calm Down

Summer time is here! For some families the summer season is full of activities and adventures. While children enjoy this time of year, reducing stimulation over the course of the day is paramount. Over stimulation can contribute to irritability, hyperactivity, and melt-downs in some children. Take the opportunity this summer to help your child develop…