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5 Questions to Ask Your Kids If You’re Feeling Cut-Off Or Disconnected

5 Questions to Ask Your Kids If You’re Feeling Cut-Off Or Disconnected

As a therapist, one of the most common fears I hear from parents is that their kids feel lost to them in some way. Whether they feel like their kids are too engaged with “screen time,” or are “addicted” to a game, or “obsessed” with YouTube - parents are worried that their kids are spending too much time on Whatever The Thing Is, and disconnected from them. Here are 5 questions you can ask them that will help bring you closer together.

When Should You Start Saving For College?

When Should You Start Saving For College?

Expert Sarah VanHoose from Journey to Influence answers the following questions about when you should start saving for college.  When should you start saving for college?  How much should you save?  Can you even afford it, especially if you’re still paying your own student loan debt?  Deep breath. Develop a plan for when you should start saving for college by tackling a few other financial hurdles first.

5 Tips for Helping Your Toddler Manage Big Feelings

5 Tips for Helping Your Toddler Manage Big Feelings

As a parent coach and family therapist, one of the questions I get a lot is how to help young children manage the BIG feelings that often come up. Toddlerhood often brings meltdowns or tantrums, and parents struggle with how to respond to these in a helpful way.  In this article, you will find the 5 most successful ways to help your toddler manage their big emotions and feelings.

Family Quest: Creating Family Joy During a Pandemic

Family Quest: Creating Family Joy During a Pandemic

Have the pandemic blues hit your house?  Set out on a Family Quest to bring the joy of childhood back into your house.  Shannon Loucks, author of Love More: 50+ Ways to Bring Joy Into Childhood, walks you through how to set up an on-going game of silly, entertaining, and joyful challenges to engage in meaningful play with your family.

Turn This World Upside Down Process Art

Turn This World Upside Down Process Art

Learn about Martin Luther King's childhood and how that shaped the way he viewed the world as an adult.  Then make a process art piece to help remind us all to turn this world upside down!