Category Archives for Kids 5-12

Stop Rewarding Perfect Attendance in School, PLEASE

This is my first year with a school-age child and so it has prompted a re-introduction to all of the customary school traditions. Most recently, this included the school first-quarter assembly.  Prior

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Never Enough Time in Nature: The Benefits of Being Outside

As the temperatures start to cool off in many places, this is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of some fabulous time in nature.  Nature enthusiasts would say that there is never a bad time

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My Child Started Kindergarten and I’m a Hot Mess

Kindergarten in Hawaii started August 5th.  It’s been 4 weeks of school and I have been a mess all three weeks.   A. HOT. MESS.But not in the way you think.  There are parents who are

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What Happened After I Got Rid of 75% of My Kids Toys

Wow, it sounds really mean to say that I got rid of 75% percent of my kids toys!  And I didn’t actually count them and calculate this math, but I think it’s pretty accurate.First off, WHY did

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Celebrating Play Therapy During National Play Therapy Week 2019

While most of you were watching the Super Bowl, play therapists around the country were beginning their annual celebrations of National Play Therapy Week (February 3-9).   National Play Therapy

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The Truth About Hiking with Little Kids (and a Few Survival Tips)

Our military family is lucky enough to spend three years living on Oahu, Hawaii and during that time, I have committed us to seeing and doing basically everything there is to see and do.Included in that

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“If It Bleeds, It Leads” – Talking to Children About Tragic News Headlines

Welcome back our guest blogger Marly Hinestroza, as she discusses about tragic media headlines, the effects on children, and how you as a parent can help!  ___________ On 01/13/18, at 8:00 am HST, I was

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Anxiety in Children and How to Help

Let’s welcome back one of our guest bloggers, Kim Martinez, as she dives into the topic of children with anxiety. ___________________________ Parental Support of Children with Anxiety When your

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Making the Summer Move a Little Easier: School Enrollment Tips for Parents

Welcome back to our guest blogger Sharon Montcalm, M.Ed., LPC, CSC! _____________ Looking back, I always smile with a shake of my head when “the move of 2015” comes up in conversation. My family,

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My Mom Is A Play Therapist

Let’s welcome back our guest blogger Theresa Fraser as she interviews an accomplished adolescent and how her mother’s profession has impacted her outlook on life! ___________________ I had

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