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Category: Parenting

Parenting Tip of the Week: The Teenage Years

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD As kids grow into their teens, they start to show signs of increasing independence in many areas of life. It is tempting at this time to pull back from a parenting role if you see your teens showing a lot of independence and responsibility. But, try

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Parenting Tip of The Week: The School Years

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD The school years can feel overwhelming: Getting kids out of the door in the morning, keeping up with homework, juggling after school activities and sports, and basically helping your kids get everywhere they need to be. To help manage this time in a healthy and balanced

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Parenting Tip of the Week: The early years

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 8.31.22 The early years of parenting bring such joy but also can be exhausting, as parents strive to balance the demands of life and parenting, while keeping up with the boundless energy of young children. To help with balance when your kids are little, consider these

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Parenting: It’s a journey.

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD 8.16.22 Anyone who is a parent can tell you that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be. And every parent has journeys and stories to tell, starting from the day their children were born and extending into a lifetime of parenting ups and

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When to let yourself be helped

Everyone on earth has challenges to cope with every day. Big challenges, little challenges, and often multiple challenges. Despite difficulty, there is a tendency for a lot of people to avoid seeking or accepting help from others. Why is it hard for us to need help? We are wired in

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5 ways to help your child stay socially-distanced-and-social.

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA, LBA 12.1.20 After several months of lighter restrictions, along with outdoor activity options that gave all of us more opportunities for safe socializing, now we are seeing tighter restrictions in many states and communities as the pandemic hits a second wave. In much of the

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Now What?

  Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA, LBA.   7.31.20 As we watch events unfold, the questions seem to outnumber the answers every day.  Between the pandemic which seems to be a moving target, the ongoing protests, (and in some areas, violence and destruction), the partisan divide in our country, and

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Coping with the information, one day at a time.

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA, LBA.     5.15.20 We’ve been isolating ourselves as much as possible for a bit over 2 full months now.  At the beginning, there was so much information coming in from sources around the world that it was hard to keep up with everything. Now,

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Start Making Sense

  Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA. 2.18.20 What makes sense to you? In a world of constant access to information, it can be difficult to make sense of anything.  What’s true and what’s not true?  Who are the best people to follow?  Which resources can you trust?  While some of

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