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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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Creating Balance Within a Working Home

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By Tanya Petcoff, M.A. Creating Balance Within a Working Home Speaking as a working parent, sometimes the hardest thing is finding time for myself and now with the coronavirus pandemic this task might seem outright impossible. Aside from maintaining the daily demands of employer’s expectations, keeping up the household and parenting the children to name…
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Managing Uncertainty During An Unusal Time

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By Jamie Silverman, M.A. We are all facing how life can be uncertain and it’s okay to feel anxious and concerned about what is out of our control. These are very valid feelings that most are experiencing. It is natural to try and find control in a time many things are outside our control.  So…
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Coping during Covid 19: Gratitude Journaling

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By Rachel Chase, M.S. Limited Licensed Psychologist  Gratitude Journaling during COVID-19 Many families have recently experienced a myriad of new situations, stressors, and emotions as a result of COVID-19.  Most significantly, a disruption to everyone’s lives, grieving the loss of normalcy and predictability, compromised livelihood, and a lack of control weigh heavily on each person…
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Helping Families Cope with Covid: Ways to Create Predictability

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By Michelle Spikes, L.C.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Like many of you, my family is learning to adjust to the uncertainty that comes with our daily routines being disrupted during this time of social distancing. We’ve gone from predictable routines to what can feel like a free for all with little to no predictability or…
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