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Bullying

Back to school is a busy time for everyone.  Between the shopping, supplies, schedule changes, and new teachers, the last thing parents or children want to have to worry about is bullying.  Unfortunately, approximately 20% of all American students will experience some form of bullying within the next school year.  So, it’s important to know

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Getting Ready for College

While many students are busily shopping and packing in preparation for their return to college in a few weeks, there’s one item that’s often forgotten in the flurry of activity:  mental health.  Whether it’s freshman year or senior year, college is an especially trying time for young adults.  In recent years, experts have been tracking

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Back to School Basics

It’s that time of year again – school has started or is starting soon. It’s a busy time for families that includes schedule changes, new activities, and usually some transitional stress. At The Family Center, we work with many families to help make a successful back to school transition. We’ve gathered together some of our

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PBIS: From School to Home

What is PBIS? PBIS (positive behavior intervention and support) is a program used to improve behavior in many school systems. The basic idea is to focus on rewarding positive behavior in a proactive manner in order to reduce disruptive or problematic behaviors. A good PBIS program clearly details expected behaviors and the resulting reward system.

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6 Essential Insights about Preparing Children for School

The end of August and the start of back-to-school sales are the signals that summer is almost over, and even though Howard County schools are some of the best in the country, families still struggle with preparing children for school-year success. Thankfully, taking a few simple steps can greatly ease your child’s stress and help

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3 Tips on How to Raise Good Kids

Scan through the titles in the “Parenting” section of your local bookstore, or better yet, Google the term “how to raise good kids,” and you’ll get thousands of results offering a wide range of advice. Thanks to some great research by a group of Harvard scientists, we’ve been able to distill these ideas for how

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Teen Driving Safety

Realizing that your child is maturing into an adult is both incredibly rewarding and nerve wracking for a parent. Watching your teen drive off for the first time is a worrisome experience, especially considering the distressing statistics regarding new drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents take the lives

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10 Tips to Help Your Children Celebrate Valentine’s Day

For many adults, Valentine’s Day can be fraught with memories of heartache and depression, instead of the joy that we should all be feeling. Starting from the days after New Years, many commercial card and chocolate companies bombard us for weeks on end with images of loving embraces and heart-shaped candy. Like the other winter

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A Day of Tragedy

One moment you are enjoying the festive moments and anticipation of eagerly awaited holiday celebrations, family reunions, the laughter of young children, time with good friends and the annual holiday traditions that serve to remind us what is truly important and worthwhile. And the next moment you hear the mind-shattering news from a community in

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Tiger Mothers and the Case for Fear-Based Parenting By Dr. Gordon Livingston

“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” by Amy Chua, is a book that promotes the idea that raising “successful” children requires that parents make all decisions about how their children spend their time: basically either studying or practicing music. Since the secret to academic or musical success is “tenacious practice, practice, practice,” there are to

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Parent With C.L.A.S.S, by Chris Williams, LCSW-C

As a therapist working in Howard County for almost 15 years, I have been tasked with finding the answer to the one never-ending question that is on the mind of every parent, teacher, and coach in this community….”what do I do to help my child/student/athlete”. I have attended seminars, read books, and sought the guidance

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The Key to Effective Discipline

Tantrums, non-compliance, defiance, and aggression are behaviors that challenge parental authority and effectiveness; however, by employing a few simple behavioral techniques parents can implement very effective discipline. The key to effective discipline is the consistent application of techniques designed to teach positive, age-appropriate behaviors and decrease/eliminate undesirable or socially unacceptable ones. It is important that parents

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The Importance of Healthy Parent-Child Interactions by Dr. Alison Bomba

Positive parent-child interactions pave the pathway for children’s success! These interactions increase the likelihood of healthy parent-child communication, academic success, and healthy interpersonal relationships. Positive parent-child interactions also empower parents, increase child compliance with directions, and create happier, more peaceful home environments. In a world where parents play multiple important roles in the lives of

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