Kids crave routines because they are consistent. When families are consistent, children feel safe, secure, and loved. We’ve all heard that kids need routines from a variety of sources like the pediatrician, teachers, other parents, child care providers, and even your mother-in-law. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, healthy routines make for healthy families [...]
Your child has just come home with a list of choices for a project due in two weeks, and you begin to feel that sense of dread because the last project had the whole family up until 2 a.m. the night before it was due, hot gluing and arguing. How can you avoid this from [...]
Homework stations are structured workspaces for your child to complete their homework. They can look different in each household, but there are three key steps in creating a supportive work environment for your child.
The first step in planning a homework station is to talk to your child’s teachers.
• Discuss their expectations for homework.
Some teachers [...]
How to teach healthy meal choices and portion sizes to students who eat school lunches
Are you concerned about what your child is eating at school, but too busy to pack a lunch? Is your child on a free or reduced lunch plan? While we’re waiting for the USDA to raise standards on school lunches, we [...]
It is Back-to-School Time and Dr. Renee has tips to get you ready. For most, staying organized helps to reduce stress as well as build focus and increase task completion. Here are seven tips for staying organized that will work great for both you and your children:
1) Everything has a home.
a. Put items like keys, [...]
In his 1969 book The Psychology of Self-Esteem, Nathaniel Branden defined self-esteem as “…the experience of being competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and being worthy of happiness.” According to Branden, self-esteem is the sum of self-confidence (a feeling of personal capacity) and self-respect (a feeling of personal worth). It exists as [...]