Category Archives for Kids 5-12

Why Traditional Parenting Logic Doesn’t Work With Traumatized Kids

Traditional parenting logic is all about rewards and consequences.  Good parents use these methods with their children all the time with excellent results.  But, what happens when good people are raising

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Kids and Sports: What’s a Mom to Do?

When it comes to kid sports, I have to say that I am completely torn on this one.  And before the die hard baseball moms get offended, I want to say that I 100% believe that sports are good for kids.

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Is Therapy Actually Working? Tracking Progress With Three Simple Questions

Tracking progress in therapy can seem to be a difficult task. Children who are brought to therapy for some sort of behavior problem (like not following directions, hitting people or disrupting class) often

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Why I Am Obsessed With Cooperative Board Games

Cooperative board games are one of the tools that I have invested in at my office this year for the first time.  Honestly,  I think I have become a little obsessed with them. I know a lot of people are

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How To: Review Your Child’s Report Card Like a Pro

It’s about that time for a report card to come home again.  Learn the secrets that a play therapist uses to review reports cards and set goals for the remainder of the school year. These practical

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Why Helping With Homework Might Do More Harm Than Good

Should you help your children with their homework? One of the most frequent complaints that I get in my office is about homework.  It might be the hours it takes to get your child to do it, their lack

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What To Say (and what NOT to say) About Your Child’s Artwork

Does your child enjoy making artwork? Beginning as early as age one or two, most children enjoy scribbling with crayons. While most parents fear the mess, children really love using brushes and paint.

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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 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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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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