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  • 5 Tips To Advocating Successfully for Your Child in School

    5 Tips To Advocating Successfully for Your Child in School - October 15th, 2018 - 5:15 pm

    Navigating the school system can be a tricky process, especially if your child has a disability. It can be challenging to avoid being ‘that parent,’ who may be combative and overinvolved, or that parent who is naïve to the special education system. Very quickly...

  • Relationship Stress: Connecting With Your Teen

    Relationship Stress: Connecting With Your Teen - October 8th, 2018 - 5:31 pm

    What happened to the sweet innocent child that wanted your attention all the time? They couldn’t wait to tell you about their day! Teenage years can be a difficult time for you and your teen and make relationships stressful! They will push limits, may...

  • When I Don’t Like My Child- A Letter to Mamas

    When I Don’t Like My Child- A Letter to Mamas - October 1st, 2018 - 10:00 am

    Tears streaming down her face, she looked up at me pleadingly ‘I don’t like my child- help me. I am terrible’. Hey Mamas- let’s talk. Real talk. Let’s talk about the moments no one prepared you for, the moments when you no longer recognize...

  • 5 Ways to Help Your ADHD Child Tackle Boredom

    5 Ways to Help Your ADHD Child Tackle Boredom - September 17th, 2018 - 1:34 pm

    Has your child ever come up to you complaining about being bored? Boredom is a common theme for children, yet ADHD boredom can happen more frequently due to hyperactivity and inability to maintain focus. ADHD boredom is not a symptom of ADHD. The ADHD...

  • But It’s Just Weed! Teen Drug Use Today

    But It’s Just Weed! Teen Drug Use Today - September 7th, 2018 - 2:17 pm

    Smoking trends are changing at a rapid pace, especially among the teen population. Even though smoking and teen drug use looks a little different these days, the risks are still there. I often work with teens who seem to think these new devices are...

  • 5 Strategies to Taming the Toddler Temper Tantrum

    5 Strategies to Taming the Toddler Temper Tantrum - August 13th, 2018 - 9:53 am

    A toddler temper tantrum can be downright frustrating, and all you want is the kicking-and-screaming to stop. Toddler temper tantrums are a regular part of child development. They usually happen between the ages of 1 to 3 as a way of expressing they are...

  • Helping Your Child Conquer Separation Anxiety

    Helping Your Child Conquer Separation Anxiety - August 9th, 2018 - 3:30 pm

    All children have fears. As adults, we can empathize when we see a spider or take an elevator in a very tall building. Children may develop specific fears and phobias of everyday objects, such as insects, dogs, germs, thunderstorms, the doctor, etc. For other...

  • Couples Communication Tips

    Couples Communication Tips - August 3rd, 2018 - 4:00 pm

    One of the biggest complaints I hear from couples is that the communication in their relationship is in dire need of fixing. I am often told from my couples that it seems as if their partner no longer “gets them” and they feel as...

  • Video Game Addiction

    Video Game Addiction - July 27th, 2018 - 4:35 pm

    Video games are commonly used as entertainment throughout the world.  When played properly, with moderation, there is little chance that video game use will turn into video game addiction or cause adverse health effects.  That said, it is noteworthy that the prevalence of video...

  • The Custody Agreement: 4 Tips to Make Co-Parenting Easier

    The Custody Agreement: 4 Tips to Make Co-Parenting Easier - July 19th, 2018 - 6:20 pm

    Where am I sleeping tonight? Whose picking me up from practice? You’re ruining my life! Do these sound familiar to you? If you are a parent in the middle of a custody agreement or divorce, chances are you have heard these statements before. As...

  • Get Rid of Screen Time for Kids and Teens and Get Moving!

    Get Rid of Screen Time for Kids and Teens and Get Moving! - July 16th, 2018 - 11:40 am

    Summer is in full force. Activities that teens were excited about have now become old and boring. Without structure and a schedule of activities, summer can drag on. Teens may resort back to their screens for entertainment (those never seem to get boring). There...

  • Taste of Chicago for Teens – How to Have Fun and Be Safe

    Taste of Chicago for Teens – How to Have Fun and Be Safe - July 5th, 2018 - 3:16 pm

    With summer in full swing, Chicagoans have emerged from a long winter of hibernation to kickoff off the start of festival season. It’s time again for the Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza. With the end of the school year, you are likely seeing more...

  • The Calm Down Box: Helping Kids Self-Regulate and Capture the Quiet Moments

    The Calm Down Box: Helping Kids Self-Regulate and Capture the Quiet Moments - June 29th, 2018 - 3:06 pm

    Our child only wants to play on my phone. My daughter can’t play by herself. Our kids say they are bored. My son can’t entertain himself. I want my child to go play outside but he only wants the iPad. Do these sound familiar...

  • When Your Child Can’t Be With Dad on Father’s Day

    When Your Child Can’t Be With Dad on Father’s Day - June 11th, 2018 - 11:07 am

    For many families, Father’s Day is a day to look forward to: a day when kids can celebrate Dad through gifts, fun activities and lots of hugs. However, for kids who don’t have a dad at home on this day, whether due to Dad...

  • How to be Successful in High School

    How to be Successful in High School - May 24th, 2018 - 4:10 pm

    Graduating from middle school and entering high school can bring about a mix of emotions.  For some, this new chapter brings excitement, a sense of adventure, and ample opportunities.  For others, the start of high school provokes anxiety, can seem overwhelming, and feel a...

  • Keep Calm During Finals

    Keep Calm During Finals - May 18th, 2018 - 9:30 am

    The summer is approaching, school is almost out, but first there are EXAMS! For many teens, this creates a lot of stress! Teens struggle with the amount of pressure they have in school, and parents struggle watching them! What can you do to help...

  • 3 Ways for Kids, Teens, and Spouses to Wow Mom this Mother’s Day

    3 Ways for Kids, Teens, and Spouses to Wow Mom this Mother’s Day - May 10th, 2018 - 5:10 pm

    They say a woman’s work is never done, right? As a mom of a toddler, I know first hand what that really means. Being a mom is an honor, a privilege, AND exhausting. One minute we are laughing and celebrating the moments and milestones...

  • Video Game Obsession – 3 Quick Ways to Set Healthy Limits

    Video Game Obsession – 3 Quick Ways to Set Healthy Limits - April 20th, 2018 - 10:01 am

    Remember the days when video games were a privilege and something that wasn’t as mainstreamed as a social outing? As kids, we would play outside, ride our bikes, and go to the park with friends. It seems that in today’s society, video game obsession...

  • How to Keep Prom Events Safe, Simple, and Fun

    How to Keep Prom Events Safe, Simple, and Fun - April 12th, 2018 - 8:59 pm

    The flowers are in bloom, we are enjoying more sunshine, and most kids have started their countdown to summer vacation. This can only mean one thing; spring is here! For high school students, this means Prom weekend is approaching.  Parents know that this is...

  • Ready to Learn: Getting My Child Ready for Kindergarten

    Ready to Learn: Getting My Child Ready for Kindergarten - April 4th, 2018 - 8:05 pm

    The end of the school year is around the corner, and for many kids the promise of summer is all they can think about. For teachers and parents however, there is much to be done before the end of the school year. If your...

  • Have a Sense of Humor: 8 Great April Fools’ Jokes for Parents to Play on Kids

    Have a Sense of Humor: 8 Great April Fools’ Jokes for Parents to Play on Kids - March 26th, 2018 - 8:16 pm

    On one day every year parents get a chance to let out their fun side and loosen up on the serious job of daily parenting! This April Fools’ Day get silly with your child and play 8 of the greatest kid appropriate jokes on...

  • 5 Tips to Reduce ACT and SAT Test Anxiety

    5 Tips to Reduce ACT and SAT Test Anxiety - March 12th, 2018 - 7:41 pm

    Are you preparing to apply to college, but first you need to take the ACT or SAT? Does the thought of taking a major test give you anxiety? If so, you are experiencing test anxiety. It’s normal. Taking the ACT or SAT and going...

  • 7 Ways to Teach Your Child about Responsibility

    7 Ways to Teach Your Child about Responsibility - February 23rd, 2018 - 7:55 pm

    You want your child to put their plate in the dishwasher, but they leave it in the sink.  You want them to return home at curfew, but they return home 30 minutes late.  You ask them to be a role model for their younger...

  • Helping or Hurting: Tips for Teaching Children Responsibility

    Helping or Hurting: Tips for Teaching Children Responsibility - February 20th, 2018 - 9:35 pm

    School is now in full swing! Congratulations, you and your family have successfully survived the back-to-school madness. The teachers have all been met, the physicals complete, school supplies purchased, and the homework is pouring in. When a parent receives the frantic text from their...

  • Chicago Tribune – Sarah Rudek Interview - February 19th, 2018 - 1:52 pm

    Sarah Rudek, MA, LPC, a therapist at  North Shore Family Services with offices in Northbrook, Skokie, Park Ridge, and Libertyville, was interviewed by Jackie Pilossoph of the Chicago Tribune to provide guidance to “Solo Moms” on how to handle situations where the other parent doesn’t...

  • Anxiety and Perfectionism: 3 Ways to Help Your Stressed-Out Teen Cope

    Anxiety and Perfectionism: 3 Ways to Help Your Stressed-Out Teen Cope - February 18th, 2018 - 1:08 pm

    Perfectionism: What if I Fail? Is perfectionism and the pressures of daily life creating anxiety in your teen? Does your teen have difficulties starting or completing a new task for fear that he or she will fail? Is your teen struggling with schoolwork or...

  • 3 Fun Ways to Involve Children in Decorating and Setting the Thanksgiving Table

    3 Fun Ways to Involve Children in Decorating and Setting the Thanksgiving Table - November 24th, 2017 - 7:20 am

    Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving? Are the kids ready for a few days off?  This is the time of the year where families come together to celebrate one another and give thanks for what we have. You might be wondering how to get...

  • Teaching Your Child to Include Others: Halloween Advice

    Teaching Your Child to Include Others: Halloween Advice - October 31st, 2017 - 9:00 am

    Halloween: Help Your Child Include Others Halloween: A time for trick-or-treating, group costumes, pictures posted on social media. Inevitably, someone is left out. Below is advice on teaching your child to include others. We tell our kids all the time, and especially on Halloween-...

  • Your ADHD Child: Tips to Help Your Child Thrive and Behave Better

    Your ADHD Child: Tips to Help Your Child Thrive and Behave Better - October 6th, 2017 - 7:00 am

    Help! My child is impulsive, argumentative, and not listening to me! Many parents feel frustrated and exhausted at the end of each day as they try to manage their child’s behavior and cope with the challenges associated with ADHD. Parents often struggle to implement...

  • Help! My Teen is a Perfectionist! - September 7th, 2017 - 12:14 am

    Is Your Teen a Perfectionist? Is perfectionism and the pressures of daily life controlling your teen? Does your teen have difficulties starting or completing a new task for fear that he or she will fail? Is your teen struggling with schoolwork or participating in...

  • Relaxation Techniques for Stressed Out, Overwhelmed Teens

    Relaxation Techniques for Stressed Out, Overwhelmed Teens - September 6th, 2017 - 9:46 am

    Feeling Stressed Out, Overwhelmed? Are you a teenager who feels overwhelmed?  Are you stressed out about the pressures of keeping up with school, friends, sports, responsibilities at home, or your job?   If so, you’re not alone. It’s normal for you to explore and search for...

  • Homecoming- No Date?

    Homecoming- No Date? - September 6th, 2017 - 9:44 am

    It’s Homecoming Time The weather is getting cooler, the leaves will be turning soon, football season is underway, and of course, pumpkin spice is back! This all means that Homecoming is just around the corner.   Maybe your teen is excited because they already...

  • Secrets to Middle School Success

    Secrets to Middle School Success - August 23rd, 2017 - 7:00 am

    Middle School Success: If you could go back to middle school, would you? Most adults wouldn’t! Think about it: challenging peer groups, different teachers and classmates at least 8 times a day, figuring out what each teacher expects from you and how to act...

  • Combatting School Anxiety: 6 Tips for Parents to Help their Kids

    Combatting School Anxiety: 6 Tips for Parents to Help their Kids - August 15th, 2017 - 11:38 pm

    Anxiety as the New School Begins? School anxiety can be very real for kids as summer wanes and the school-year approaches. Kids are filled with a variety of emotions as they approach the new school year: sadness as they count down the last fun-filled...

  • Starting High School: Finding your people!

    Starting High School: Finding your people! - August 10th, 2017 - 11:55 am

    Starting High School: Finding your people! Starting high school can be exciting, or frightening if you don’t have your people. The classes get harder, the social pressures are through the roof. Finding your people is key to teens’ success in high school. Whether their...

  • Voyage Chicago – Dori Mages Interview - August 2nd, 2017 - 9:35 am

      I am the founder of North Shore Family Services and began working with kids, teens, parents, and families in 1994. In my early years of my career as a licensed clinical social worker, I worked in foster care with teenage boys and as...

  • Sibling Rivalry – How to Maintain the Peace

    Sibling Rivalry – How to Maintain the Peace - July 27th, 2017 - 11:17 pm

    Sibling Rivalry: Common and Normal? Does it ever feel like your kids just CANNOT get along? Sibling rivalry is common in ALL families with more than one child and happens at every age.  While it may be comforting to know that sibling rivalry is...

  • Family Vacation: 3 Activities to Please All Kids/Teens

    Family Vacation: 3 Activities to Please All Kids/Teens - July 21st, 2017 - 8:40 pm

    Family Vacation: What Will We Do? Your vacation is booked, bags are packed, and everyone is excited about their family vacation!  You arrive at your destination, and no one can agree on anything to do. While family vacations are an exciting time, it can...

  • TEENS – Summer Fun without Screens

    TEENS – Summer Fun without Screens - July 21st, 2017 - 8:32 pm

    Summer: School’s Out/Now What Summer is a time to relax and enjoy without the stress of school.  The weather is hot, the pools are open, friends are in abundance, and the excitement is in the air. By the end of July, the summer excitement...

  • Sleep-Away Camp: 3 Tips for Overnight Camp Success

    Sleep-Away Camp: 3 Tips for Overnight Camp Success - July 18th, 2017 - 4:59 pm

    For many families, summer brings on a busy schedule of swimming, vacations, day camps, sports camps and drumroll please…sleep-away camp! For many parents, sending their child to sleep-away camp is both a proud milestone and an anxiety-inducing process. If you find yourself sending your...

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