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The Countdown To Kindergarten

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By Mira Friedman Lindquist, L.M.S.W. The fall brings many exciting changes as the days get shorter, the leaves begin to change, and a new school year begins.  The fall is also the opening of a brand new chapter for many families – the start of kindergarten. This transition to school can unravel many new emotions…
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Reduce Stress with Unstructured Time

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By Melissa Katcher, LMSW Life is busy in today’s world.  In addition to school and work, we have endless opportunities for activities – from sports, clubs, and classes to parties, family-fun-spots, special events, and more. Having access to so many wonderful opportunities is a blessing, and yet makes it very difficult to balance between doing…
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When Your Child Comes Out

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By Joel Davidson, M.A., L.P.C. One day, your child says to you, “Mom, Dad, I need to talk to you about something.”  Understandably, that sentence could easily cause some concern and anxiety in any parent.  But what you may not realize is that your child has been agonizing for such a long time to work…
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Helping Kids Manage School Stress

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By Abby Sachs, L.L.P.C. Summer is right around the corner, but many kids are experiencing peak stress levels in school. To help manage school-related anxiety, here are some ways parents or caregivers can provide positive support for their child or teen. Routine Routine is helpful for everyone but especially children. Kids thrive when they know what…
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When Parenting and Life Run you Ragged: Self-care as the Answer

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By Natalia Miegoc, L.M.S.W. Parenting — one of the most undervalued jobs of our time.  The one that no one is truly ever prepared for. And there’s no easy-to-follow instruction manual. Parenting is also one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have.  But what happens when you have gotten to your wit’s end?…
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND SADNESS

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By Erin Goldberg, L.M.S.W. The winter months can be an especially difficult time for all of us, specifically those who suffer from seasonal depression. Millions of people around the world experience symptoms of depression or sadness at some point in their lives; therefore, recognizing the difference between a diagnosis of depression and the emotion of…
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Active Body and Mind in the Winter Time

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By Brittany Kochajda, L.M.S.W. During the winter, the days typically feel short, dark and cold. And as a result, it can feel difficult to stay physically and mentally active. A contributing factor to this condition could be due to major depressive mood, with seasonal patterns.  Studies from the Cleveland Clinic show 5 percent of people…
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A NEW YEAR, A NEW MINDSET 

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By Dominic Landini, L.M.S.W. As the new year is upon us, this can be a great time to kickstart a new routine, health goal or mindset for the upcoming year.  It is also a good occasion to reflect on what we have accomplished throughout the year and any goals that haven’t been achieved. But when…
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New Kids on the Block: How to Support Your College-Bound Child

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By Julie Ponce, L.M.S.W. The transition from high school to college can be both an exciting and scary time. For most, it is the first time they live away from home and provide for their own needs. College-age students vary in their knowledge of independent living skills from effective budgeting, the joys of laundry, and…
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