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Help your Family Cope with Displacement and Wildfires

  Our hearts go out to all the families coping with wildfires and displacement during this already challenging time. Here are a few tips for how to help your young children with anxiety and displacement around fires: 1. Be Prepared: Follow recommendations in your area. Here is a link for resources on how to prepare for evacuation due to wildfire. Everyone in the family can be comforted by taking the best steps to protect your home and family. 2. Talk to your Child: What you say to your child will depend on their age and the situation you are in. In general, be honest and calm and answer your child’s questions the best you can. Here are some examples of what...

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Back To School

What lasting impact will this year have on children’s mental health? Parents, teachers, school leaders, private pre-schools, and government officials are all scrambling right now to sort out what school will look like this fall. By now we’ve heard that some schools across the US have decided to go online-only, others are fully open and others are choosing a hybrid model of the two. It’s not easy to weigh the pros and cons of each decision. Some families are struggling with difficult choices to make, while others are struggling with the fact that they don’t have much choice in the matter. Our hearts go out to everyone who’s in the tough situation of navigating this school year. One of the...

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Connection to Exploration

The Path for Positive Social-Emotional Development All parents want their children to grow up confident in themselves and engaged in healthy relationships. The question is… how do we support our children to get there? Sometimes having more information about what those early building blocks look like, can help us realize how we can support our little ones in the moment. It turns out, it’s a lot simpler than it seems. Infants benefit from experiencing a healthy attachment with their caregivers. Attachment is the relationship a child has with their primary caregiver. When an attachment is healthy (or secure) children can internalize feelings of love, safety and connection with their attachment figure. This means that they can carry these feelings with...

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How to Support a Young Child with Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural emotional response to a loss. Loss can be associated with a big change (like moving, or not being able to see your friends during a pandemic), or it could even be the death of a loved one.  All losses can be painful or difficult to experience. Humans are built to connect with loved ones and to miss them when they are gone. We are built to enjoy things being consistent, and thus change can throw us for a loop.  Grief and loss is difficult no matter how or when you experience it, and we all cope with grief in our own ways. There are many children and families all over the world who are experiencing grief...

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10 Ways to Manage Sibling Conflict this Summer

  Summertime means more time at home together, and this summer is shaping up to be a long one. Many families have already spent months at home together, quarantining during state-wide shutdowns, and many more are waiting to see what school will look like in the fall. Parents all over, share their struggles with the juggling act of having children at home, and trying to work.  One of the biggest challenges we’ve been hearing from parents is the challenge of managing sibling conflict. Where do we even start, when it seems like conflict and yelling is just a constant in the home? It is normal for siblings to have conflict. In fact, some experts even say it’s great practice for...

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