Encouraging Acts of Service for MLK Day

Honestly, I didn’t realize until I was an adult that Martin Luther King Day was designated as a National Day of Service. A Day on, Not a Day Off as I have now learned. That makes me feel selfish. As

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Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Busy Parents

January is coming, do you make New’s Years Resolutions? Well, I love resolutions and I am really good at keeping them. Really good. Last year my resolution was to try new things. (Being in a practical

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The Key to Holiday Rituals is the Word "Always"

When I ask people about their family rituals, most parents report back that they don’t really have any. Even my own brother has told me that our family doesn’t have any rituals. When I hear people

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Top 10 Holiday Toys (Recommended By A Play Therapist) Under $30

Toys are my world. As a play therapist, I have a fully stocked play therapy space and am always on the lookout for great toys. Despite the current popularity of video games and electronics, there are no

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Play Therapy Termination Activity: The Chain of Intentions

Termination of play therapy services can be difficult for the counselor and the child. The relationship formed during the months of therapy is one of the most important aspects of the process. Termination

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How To Keep Teens Off Their Phone During Holiday Breaks

Does anyone is your family have nomophobia? What the heck is that, you ask? Nomophobia is a term coined to describe the anxiety that people feel when they do not have access to a mobile phone. It is closely

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How To Teach Kids Gratitude Without Sounding Ridiculous

Gratitude is the typical “theme” of November in many ways. But, even writing it here makes me say, ugh! Really, do we have to go around the table and talk about this topic? Groan. But, I have

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Maintaining A Schedule For Little Kids During the Holidays

There are parents that live and die by the schedule. There are some parents that want a schedule for their little ones, but just can’t seem to stick to it. And then, there are parents that have no interest

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Should Your Play Therapy Room Have A Treasure Box?

A treasure box is a container that has items that a child can choose at the end of the therapy session. The pediatrician usually has one. Ours has lollipops and one doctor gives out stickers. Typically,

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Having Nightly Homework Battles?

Is homework ruining your nightly family time? If you are anything like the families that I see, it has become a dreaded and lengthy battle each night. Children are coming home from school physically tired

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