The Real Walking Dead: Sleep Deprivation in Teens

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When our children are small, sleep and sleep habits are at the forefront of our minds. When will our baby sleep through the night? Is our toddler going through sleep regression? We keep track of sleep disruptions and naps because we know how important sleep is to our children. But as our children get older,…

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Why Peer Relationships Are So Important for Adolescent Girls

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When we talk about positive relationships for adolescent girls, the focus tends to be on teaching them about healthy dating practices. But the reality is, positive peer relationships can be even more important for teen girls than romantic relationships.  During the pre-teen and teen years, girls begin to move from focusing on their family relationships…

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How To Create Positive Friendships for Young Girls

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As young girls transition from childhood to adolescence, the ability to create and maintain friendships can become more difficult for your daughter as the social dynamic shifts. As children, friendships may have seemed easier to develop, but this is partly due to adults cultivating and managing the friendships. As children grow older, they are more…

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Learning Issues in Girls on the Autism Spectrum

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One of the most common stereotypes about Autism Spectrum Disorder is that it is a type of learning disorder. For most girls on the autism spectrum, they have average to above-average intelligence scores. With this misperception, parents may be hesitant to seek out psychological testing if they do not have any immediate academic concerns. While…

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5 Skills to Teach Your Child with ADHD

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Children with ADHD may struggle with self-monitoring, but they are also sensitive to the kind of feedback they receive from authority figures. Unfortunately, many parents worry that they walk around eggshells trying to motivate their child without coming off as controlling or disappointed in them. Anxiety around wanting to please parents and being self-sufficient  can…

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Social and Emotional Learning Skills Developed Through Meditation for Middle Schoolers

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Western-style meditation isn’t just a new-age fad for spiritual adults, it’s been taught in schools for thousands of years. In some communities, meditation has been the entire foundation of school for children. While it can also be used as a positive coping skill, meditation for middle schoolers can aid in social-emotional learning. Meditation teaches life…

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School is Cool: Signs of School Refusal in Teens

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School refusal in teens is often related to other issues such as anxiety and depression. School refusal can mean added stress to your child, you, and your family as a whole. The term “school refusal” is by no means referring to a child whining or complaining about how much they are dreading a long school…

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