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  • Develop a Self-Care Practice To Improve Your Relationships

    Develop a Self-Care Practice To Improve Your Relationships - December 13th, 2018 - 1:43 pm

    Let’s begin by nixing the notion that self-care equates to selfishness. How difficult is that for you to do? Depending upon your upbringing, socioeconomic status, cultural beliefs, etc, it’s no surprise that attending to and meeting your own needs can feel like a self-indulgent...

  • Holidays and Being Grateful: Be GLAD

    Holidays and Being Grateful: Be GLAD - December 6th, 2018 - 5:09 pm

    The holidays are the perfect time to take stock of your life. Harvard Medical School wrote about Studies that have shown that thanking others and writing about gratitude improves your happiness and results are long-lasting. Challenge yourself this holiday season to use the approach in...

  • Raise an Independent Child Comfortably and Naturally

    Raise an Independent Child Comfortably and Naturally - December 6th, 2018 - 4:29 pm

    Parenting strategies have been studied for over 50 years and come in all shapes and sizes- “Helicopter Parenting,” “Authoritarian Parenting, “ “Dolphin Parenting,” “Elephant Parenting, “Attachment Parenting,” and the list goes on.  Research does its best to provide us with the most effective strategies...

  • How to Recognize the Signs of Suicide

    How to Recognize the Signs of Suicide - November 29th, 2018 - 10:26 am

    Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, teens, and young adults? According to the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention, kids as young as 5 years old, all the way up to 24 fall into that...

  • Feeling Unappreciated on Thanksgiving: A Parent’s Memoir

    Feeling Unappreciated on Thanksgiving: A Parent’s Memoir - November 19th, 2018 - 9:57 am

    Are All Kids Ungrateful? For many families, Thanksgiving is a time of year where we emphasize the importance of being grateful and thankful for the people and opportunities in our lives. However, as a parent, there are plenty of times where we feel unappreciated...

  • Local organization CATCH aims to put emotional health at the forefront - November 18th, 2018 - 12:51 pm

    Community Action Together for Children’s Health, CATCH, is a grassroots group that addresses the well-being and emotional health of our community’s youth. Our founder, Dori Mages, MSW, LCSW spoke at a CATCH event in Northbrook, IL on October 25th. You can read more about...

  • My Daughter Is Afraid to Go to Birthday Parties and Friends’ Houses: Help!

    My Daughter Is Afraid to Go to Birthday Parties and Friends’ Houses: Help! - November 18th, 2018 - 11:46 am

    New experiences such as preschool, birthday parties, and playdates are fun and exciting for most children. However, for some, the unknown produces anxiety. As parents, sometimes we laugh at the thought of being afraid to go to a birthday party or social event, because...

  • Create a Daily Routine for Success for Your Family

    Create a Daily Routine for Success for Your Family - November 15th, 2018 - 1:35 pm

    The word “routine” often gets a bad reputation. It’s common to think of a routine as sterile, dull, or somehow lacking spontaneity. However, deep down we know that establishing and utilizing a daily routine for success has the potential to make life a lot...

  • Household Chores Help Your Child Succeed

    Household Chores Help Your Child Succeed - November 11th, 2018 - 12:12 pm

    Several long-term studies have shown that the best predictor of success in young adulthood, is, ……..whether children have been doing household chores. The willingness and capacity to work in childhood is the most important forerunner – more than native intelligence, social class or family...

  • Mindfulness for Anxiety – Exercise Your Brain to Reduce Stress

    Mindfulness for Anxiety – Exercise Your Brain to Reduce Stress - November 5th, 2018 - 11:09 am

    We all encounter stress in our daily life and stress can leave us feeling anxious at times.  There are many strategies to reduce anxiety, but have you tried mindfulness for anxiety? Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of...

  • Help An Older Sibling Cope With A New Baby

    Help An Older Sibling Cope With A New Baby - October 24th, 2018 - 8:38 pm

    Your family is expanding! Congratulations! Bringing home a new baby can bring lots of exciting feelings. Yet any type of change brings uncertainty, and with uncertainty often comes uncomfortable feelings. Siblings especially are vulnerable to an array of feelings, and don’t always quite know...

  • 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 over-involved, 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...

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