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We all worry about our children, but children with anxiety are a huge concern, and parents often feel helpless to help them. You should, of course, visit with your child’s doctor to rule out any medical conditions, but here are a few things you can try before resorting to medication. It is always worth trying to change your child’s fear-based thinking first.Read more
Don't miss Dan Clark at the 2017 Uplift Families Parenting Conference!
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It’s well documented that there is a correlation between language impairment and reading delay. One study showed that 52% of children with language impairment also demonstrate reading delay (Tomblin, Zhang and Buckwalter; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry). This means if your child is having difficulty decoding language orally there is a good chance he or she will have difficulty decoding written language.Read more
Generally, most parents want their children to have good social skills. They want them to be well liked and to be kind, respectful communicators. Unfortunately, some of these very well-meaning parents might actually be destroying the child's ability to become this kind, respectful and socially mature person, and they don't even know they are doing it.
Can parents ever be too helpful? Yes.Read more
We have all met special people in our lives that have changed our hearts for the better. I have a special daughter, Emi Rose that has done that for me and countless others. She is special not because of her special needs but because of what she has taught. Emi is true to herself, never gives up, and loves others. She leads by example every day.Read more
Saying the phrase “I’m going to go visit a therapist” is not the first sentence we are used to hearing when we meet someone. In fact, someone who is seeing a therapist may not even tell another person at all throughout the course of the relationship. However, our culture of silencing mental health issues must change in order to solve the crisis that many adolescents face every day: anxiety and depression.Read more
With a smile, I opened the front door to greet my two oldest children home from elementary school. Right away I noticed my fourth-grader’s slumped shoulders. I noticed how she dragged her feet as she climbed the front steps. I knew it had not been a good day for her at school.Read more
“If you get it out, put it away. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you take it off, hang it up.” These are the mantras that echoed through my childhood home as my father reminded us children over and over again to pick up after ourselves.
I remember trying to keep these things in mind when I was young, but still having the messiest room in the house; I was always the one that got reprimanded because I would walk in from school and immediately drop all my stuff on the kitchen floor.Read more
We stopped nagging our children about their homework weeks before school actually ended; and keeping a decent bedtime is increasingly more difficult as the sun stays in the sky just a bit longer each night.
Thankfully, summer is here, and most of us have really good intentions and a second-wind of purpose. We hope for family activities, organized fun, fight-free afternoons, stacks of finished books and swim towels that hang up themselves.
During summer break, we are trying to balance all the kids’ activities with our own — all the while knowing kids without a school schedule often means chaos in our homes. As parents, we can easily our lose sanity in the summer, and it won’t be long before we find ourselves burned out — again.
Keeping a system of organization with your kids and in your home this summer can help ward off that burned-out feeling a bit longer, but even those systems can seem daunting. What are some easy ways to create order?
Success starts with setting realistic expectations — both expectations of what we require from our kids as well as what our kids can expect from us, in terms of activities and support.Read more
I shall never forget that day. It was early in the morning and I was walking down the stairs and out of the corner of my eye I saw a menacing shadow. I paused midstep with my foot hanging in the air and looked down. There was a scorpion. If I had taken one more step, I would have likely been stung. Needless to say, the scorpion was dispatched outside rather quickly. Scorpions creep me out.Read more