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How to Increase Your Child’s Skill in Following Directions

Whether your child ignores your directions completely, or dawdles for what seems like endless amounts of time before eventually complying, parents are often frustrated when children don’t follow instructions. You may wind up nagging or yelling…
Mother and child discussing something important
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Alternatives to Time-Out

Originally posted December 3, 2014 by Dr. Lindsay Evans, additions made December 18, 2020 by Amanda Dixon Time-out can be an effective discipline technique for many children. However, some parents may want to approach challenging behavior…

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

Since the holiday season is in full swing, many of us worry about getting the perfect gift, making travel arrangements, putting our finances in order, or welcoming back the young adults who just completed their first college semester. This produces…
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Redshirting – Should You Delay Kindergarten?

This week thousands of 5-year-old children in the U.S. and in the Austin area will be getting onto school buses to head toward their first day of kindergarten. But, there is a growing group of 5-year-olds that will not be getting on the bus;…

Mourning the Loss of Senior Year

I originally planned to write this blog on how parents and students can prepare for the “End of Year” activities. A major aspect of COVID-19 is the impact this will have on high school seniors. I honestly cannot fathom how high school seniors…

How to Talk to Your Child About Friends

Friends are important parts of our lives because we choose to interact with them. For children, making and having friends is probably the most valuable experiences they can have. Looking back on my childhood, I can remember having amazing experiences…

Do You Need a Parent Time Out?

In a previous blog, there was discussion related to “Alternatives to Time-Out” on how to effectively implement time out with children.  In working with parents, especially those who are having trouble with their child’s behavior, there…

Tips on How to Remain Calm During the Pandemic

The world can seem like a scary place, especially when we are able to receive news updates almost instantaneously. It may be easier to distance ourselves from tragedies or major world events when these events are happening thousands of miles…

How to Teach Your Child Responsibility

As parents, your main goal is to teach your child to be a self-efficient adult; however, that is easier said than done. Teaching your child responsibility is a lesson that requires consistency. When we are responsible, it proves we can take…
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New Year, Renewed School Motivation!

A New Year and new semester is upon us. It’s a great time to re-energize and refresh routines for the entire family. Many children struggle to stay organized, manage a hectic schedule, and complete the large volumes of homework that are…
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Academic Pressure: What Parents Can Do to Help

Some children struggle in school academically, while others who are achieving academically may have struggles of being “overachievers.” While being an overachiever can develop one in many ways, it also came with me being anxious due to academic…

Should Parents Tell Their Kids About Their Disability?

Often, parents ask whether or not they should tell their child about their recently diagnosed disability. Whether or not to share with your child their identified challenges is an important question. On one hand it can be important to inform…