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  • Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, many educators and students have the ability to take their learning temporarily online. Many school districts have set up the distance learning platform, and while the mode of communication and connection is different, teachers and…

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  • You have likely heard about the importance of self-care and some ways to practice it. Every adult should practice self-care to give themselves a break from their hectic lives, refresh, and take care of themselves mentally, emotionally, and physically. While…

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  • By Mark T. Schillinger, MSW, LCSW, KITM Therapist As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives, it can be challenging to stay positive. This is especially true if you are a parent who is struggling with your children transitioning…

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  • While back-to-school is typically a time of excitement, it’s normal for kids to experience some degree of anxiety as a new school year approaches. Younger children may get nervous about leaving their parents, and older children may worry about academics…

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  • Every day brings chances for children to express their emotions. Here are five ways you can encourage children to share their feelings with you. Act It Out Children often work through their biggest feelings while pretending. Fill a box with…

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  • Just as it was important to speak to your children concerning the separation or divorce between you and your co-parent, it is just as important for you and your co-parent to explain custody schedules to your children. Custody involves all…

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  • Letting Go of Control, Gives Us Control By Mark Schillinger, MSW, LCSW Many people say that a person only has control over themselves and how they react to things. This simple truth sounds great, AND it can be challenging to…

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  • Tips for Boosting Your Child’s Mental Health By Jacqueline Siempelkamp, M.S., NCC, LPC, KITM Therapist The current pandemic can be incredibly difficult and confusing for your child. It is important to actively listen to what they are going through and…

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  • When the Ball is in Your Court By Mark T. Schillinger, MSW, LCSW, Kids In The Middle Therapist Imagine that you are a tennis ball that is being hit back and forth across the court over and over again. As…

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  • It’s safe to say that none of us were ready for the widespread effects of the global pandemic, at least of all working parents with kids in school or daycare. Working from home is a challenge on a normal day…

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  • It’s hard for kids not to get excited about spring break, whether they’re older teens taking a trip with friends or younger kids who want time away from the classroom. For parents, this excitement can add a new level of…

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  • You will increase your chances of successfully bonding with your new stepchildren by thinking about what they need. Age, gender, and personality are not irrelevant, but all children have some basic needs and wants that once met, can help you establish a…

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  • On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time. Click HERE to download instructions to enable AmazonSmile on your Amazon…

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  • Get Enough Sleep. Sufficient sleep is an essential component of good health and disease prevention. A good night’s sleep makes everyone more productive and keeps our immune systems operating well. Eat Well. Healthy eating fuels our immune systems and plays…

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  • Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. By definition, it occurs among young people.   Sometimes cyberbullying can be easy to spot. For example, if your child shows you a text, tweet, or…

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  • The best app for co-parenting depends on your family’s needs and wants. Perhaps you want a shared tool to improve communication and keep all important information in one place. Or maybe your relationship with the other parent is still on…

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  • Each year, more than 1 million children in the United States experience the separation or divorce of their parents. For these children, it can be difficult to maintain consistent bedtimes and going-to-bed routines when they divide their time between two…

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  • Without clear guidelines, many teens struggle to handle the responsibility of owning a smartphone. So it’s important to establish rules that will help your teen make healthy choices.   No Cellphone Use Before School: Most teens don’t have much time to…

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  • The actual move from one household to another, whether it happens every few days or just certain weekends, can be a tough time for children. Every reunion with one parent is also a separation with the other. While transitions are…

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  • Though kids’ questions may have no easy answers, it’s important they know it’s always okay to ask. While having these conversations, sit together in a comfortable place and hold kids close. While you talk, hold their hand or give them…

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  • Kids may need reminders that divorce is about problems between grown-ups. Reassure them that all of their upset feelings are okay, but that talking about them with you or someone they trust can help. Not all kids react right away,…

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  • Holidays, for children of divorce, are just plain hard. The holiday season can remind them that their family is divided, and they may feel they are being pulled in every direction. Consider these holiday co-parenting tips to make the season…

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  • Have you ever noticed how summer can feel busier and more hectic than during the school year? How does this happen? For many families, especially KITM families, what could be the calm, quiet time of year, turns into more running…

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  • Parents often ask me how old a child has to be to legally decide who they want to live with. The short answer is ‘probably never’. The Court is bound by law to consider the best interest of the child…

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  • Between carpooling kids to different activities and helping them with their homework each night, it’s great for families to enjoy a fun-filled day once in a while. Spring break is a great time for mom or dad to spend time…

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  • It is important for children to have a relationship with both parents. Here are five tips for making that happen. 1. It is okay to ask about your child’s visit with the other parent. Use general language such as, “I…

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  • Children can sense their parent’s emotions, which can heighten their anxiety. Remember to take care of yourself throughout the process so you can be the best mom or dad for your children. Take care of yourself by: Eating a healthy,…

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  • Big changes, like starting a new school, moving to a new house or parents separating can trigger sleep struggles in even the best sleepers. Sleep deprivation can quickly accumulate, resulting in poor concentration, disruptive behavior and frequent or prolonged irritability….

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  • Change the scene if you can. Spend the holiday someplace you’ve never been – especially if you won’t have the kids with you over the holidays. But do try to go to a place where you won’t be alone. That…

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  • Being a grandparent in the midst of your adult children’s divorce can be a tricky situation. Grandparents will want to be there for their adult child while also offering support to the grandkids. As everyone is likely to be feeling…

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  • 6 Back-to-School Tips Summer is winding down, and school supplies have overtaken the stores! It’s already that time of year to begin planning for school to start back up. Kids, however, are focused on squeezing out every last moment of…

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  • The Truth About Childhood Depression With summer in full blast and many different family transitions going on, it’s understandable why many children might feel anxious. But what about feeling depressed? While most of us are familiar with the symptoms of…

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  • Kicking Summer Anxiety Heather Smith, LMSW, therapist in our School Outreach Counseling Program, shared her thoughts about dealing with summertime anxiety for kids. Summer: a time synonymous with kids gleefully exiting their schools for an extended vacation consisting of fun…

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  • There are a number of important factors that affect how your children will react to divorce. Kids In The Middle Therapist, Shana Blumenthal, LCSW, describes some reactions by age. Remember, it can take two or more years for children to…

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  • As you divorce the Court will expect you to come up with a Parenting Plan. It is imperative to consider a number of factors when crafting a Parenting Plan that will be in place until your children are grown. Your…

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  • Valentine’s Day – The holiday is designed to celebrate LOVE. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many couples realize they are no longer in love with each other. So, how do you get through it? Tell your children you love…

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  • Preparing for a separation or divorce can be difficult on parents. There are a wide variety of expectations placed on parents with respect to how they treat their children during the process. Questions often come up about how much should…

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  • Cooperative parenting (Co-Parenting) requires a commitment by both parents to follow the same guidelines and keep the best interests of their children first and foremost. Keep in mind that children want to be able to love and have healthy relationships…

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