Category Archives: Parent Skills

Reducing Stress in Children and Teens: Tips for Parents

Parents don’t have to look far to see that their children are impacted by both academic and social pressures.  By some indications, teens now report even more stress than adults.  As curricula become more rigorous and testing more high-stakes, the pressure to succeed academically weighs heavily on students at increasingly younger ages.  Meanwhile, students are navigating the stress of making and keeping friendships, social media, bullying, and lockdown drills.  All of this is overlaid by an ever-growing array of extracurricular activities and commitments. How can parents help children and teens manage this stress? Through tuning into core personal values, fostering problem-solving approaches, and highlighting proper self-care, parents can help children manage their stress.
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Screen Time

Children and Screen Time: Finding A Practical Balance

Parents face the daily struggle of managing time spent by their children using technology.  This is so prolific that even Apple is being pushed to develop tools to respond to smartphone addiction in youth.  But the idea of simply “limiting screen time” is impractical given that children, like adults, now use technology for a significant amount of their work, learning, and socialization. Continue reading

Five Strategies to Mitigate Sibling Conflict

Sibling RivalryWinter break is a time for family fun. Parents set expectations high for that perfect family vacation at the beach, on the slopes, visiting new places, or enjoying a stay-cation. Along with your dreams of your perfect family vacation, there needs to also be an expectation for sibling conflict. Sibling conflict is a natural part of relationships, and parents should expect an increase in these interactions particularly when siblings are together for longer periods of time in less structured environments. Some of the reasons for sibling conflict revolve around feeling bored, seeking more attention, and experiencing jealousy or a lack of fairness. To decrease sibling conflict, parents can use the following five tools: Continue reading