Divorce and Dating: A Parent’s General Guide to Introducing the Idea of Dating to Children

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I often am asked to comment on whether it is okay for a parent to begin dating after their divorce. Parents are rightfully worried about how this process will affect their children and often acknowledge the separation of parents has been painful for their children. Yet, many parents do date and some do re-marry. Understanding how to balance your child’s perspective with your own needs may help you make good decisions about introducing a new adult into your family.

Breaking the Entitlement Cycle During the Holiday Season

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Entitlement. This word has significant meaning to our culture and has been associated with a new generation of adults and their children expecting behavioral and material privileges. While most Americans typically focus on too much materialism, parents of young children are becoming increasingly concerned about entitled behavior. While we have all seen entitled behavior in children and young adults is it really caused by having too much? The simple answer is no, not exactly.

Preparing your Family for the Holidays: Young Children and Stress

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According to the Mayo Clinic, preparing for the stress of the holidays can assist in avoiding a complete meltdown. Yet, what if the stress is not your own? Parents with young children may find that they can take care of themselves but struggle with the behavior of their little ones this time of year. What can you do to prevent your child from combusting between Thanksgiving and New Year’s?

Mommy’s House, Daddy’s House: Helping Your Young Child Cope with Divorce

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Molly is 16-months-old when her parents separate. She is bright, verbal and social. Yet, overnight she seems to become a much younger child. She wants to be held, she regresses in her talking and both parents notice she has significant difficulties going between their homes. What is happening?

The Importance of a Mental Health Check-Up for Young Children

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I’m often asked why do babies and toddlers need a psychologist. Aren’t they too young? On the contrary, often times young children have developmental needs that respond to early intervention and other times young children are placed at risk for emotional difficulties because of troubles that their mother and father are experiencing. Why?