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family holiday Managing Holiday Stress

family holidayGrandma lovingly says, “Just let her have a cookie!” Uncle Ted disapprovingly says, “You need to let him do things; you’re smothering him.” Aunt Rosa wonders why the kids are allowed to stay up so late, when “everyone” knows children need ten hours of sleep.

Getting together with relatives can be exciting and yet traveling, preparation and criticism about your parenting can cause stress. You and your kids might look forward to a break from homework and schedules, but the loss of routine can also be disruptive. Read more ›

CHCvideoresource Communicating With Your Teen [video]

Your teen is changing, and it’s a good time to rethink your approach to communication.  Learn about the “think CALM” technique to better connect with and change your relationship with your teen. Read more ›

7 Tips for Getting a Positive Start to the School Year

TipsThe first day of school can produce conflicting and confusing emotions for kids and parents. While some children or teens are excited for school to start, others feel anxiety or dread. School jitters range from anticipating the unknown to wondering about new friends, teachers, rules, classrooms and routines. At any age, help your child get a strong start with these tips… Read more ›