Tips for Navigating These Challenging Times

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By Andrew Gladstone-Highland, M.S.W.  Fifty years from now, our grandchildren will be learning about 2020 in their history classes.  However, continuing to hear about how unprecedented this year is doesn’t necessarily help us, right now.  If you are feeling down or anxious in the midst of all that is happening around us, then it may…
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Managing The Election With Your Family

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By Dr. Daniel Klein Once again we find ourselves in a conflictual and divisive election season. This has added another layer to the anxiety and uncertainty our country is facing. Here are some thoughts on how to help support your children and family: Listen to your kids. Check in and ask if they have any…
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The Balancing Act with the School Year Beginning

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By Laura Johnson-Hughes, L.M.S.W. Families are facing new challenges with the uncertainty of school expectations this Fall. Not only are parents struggling over the decision of in-person vs on-line school, but they are trying to figure out how to balance work. Here are some options to make it a little easier: Some families are budgeting for a teenage mother’s…
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Thriving with Virtual Learning

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By Jillian E. Gismondi MA LPC NCC Currently, many parents throughout the Metro Detroit area are wondering how their child’s school year will begin – virtually, in person or a hybrid approach.This unknown approach is leaving parents feeling stressed, overwhelmed and unsure of what is best for their family. However, as each day creeps closer…
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Minimizing Anxiety in a World of Unknowns

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By Paul Bernstein, L.M.S.W. As I met with many of my clients’ parents this summer, I was often approached with the question, “Is it good to tell our children about the possibility of school being online in the Fall?”.   The answer in my professional opinion is often yes.  People crave routine and predictability. In this…
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Summer Plans have gone out the window, now what?

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By Dr. Sheri Pickover No more homework, no more books, no more.. oh wait, school has been out for months.  Now summer is here and there are no day or sleep away camps, no tennis lessons; just lots and lots of free time.  But with health concerns still looming, keeping family members safe but productive…
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Sibling Rivalry: When “Figure it out” just isn’t working…

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By Laura Stephens, M.S. Limited Licensed Psychologist The kids are fighting…again.  What is this the 8th disagreement so far today?!  SIGH, let me put down my already cold cup of coffee and get up to intervene before someone gets hurt.  Why can’t they just get along?  I’m so sick of the fighting! Sound familiar? If…
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A Helpful Checklist To Practice Self Care

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By Laura Johnson-Hughes   So much in life is out of our control We do not always know why things happen the way they do In times of uncertainty it can be difficult to decide next steps Our doubts can change the path we are taking Critical thoughts can consume us We can get stuck…
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When the “new normal” isn’t so normal

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By Jillian E. Gismondi MA LPC NCC “I’m not going back to school?” “What about my friends?” “What about my DC trip?” “What about my project?” “What about field day?” “Do I still have to do homework?” Thousands of parents throughout Metro Detroit have heard these words uttered by their children since Gov. Whitmer announced school…
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