Help your Child Improve their Grades in Three Easy Steps

We often call this time the “End of the Honeymoon Period” in school. Why is this? Well, typically everyone is at their best for the first month or two of school. That is, teachers are patient and have low expectations regarding their students’ behavior and work habits. Parents are on high-alert to make sure their child is doing his or her homework and turning it in on time. Kids are refreshed from a few months off and put their best foot forward.

5 Misconceptions about Common Core‏

The “Common Core” standards have become a topic of debate among parents in Orange County.  One viral video features a mom from Arkansas giving the school board a 4th grade math problem and asking them to solve it… and then telling the board that under the Common Core their answer would be “marked wrong” and, [...]

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Adults with ADHD

Adults with ADHD: Six Strategies for Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships in your Family ADHD impacts every aspect of one’s life. When you look on the web or bookstore, there is quite a lot of information about “How to Parent” a child with ADHD. But what if YOU, the parent, have ADHD? How do you [...]

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12 Scientifically Proven Steps to Happiness

Here are the 12 scientifically proven steps to happiness discussed by Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book The How of Happiness. Sonja is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and her work which at one point also focused on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness, has received a great deal on attention from TV stations, radio stations, magazines and newspapers all over the world.

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Seven Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The countdown to the holiday season has begun.  Holiday decorations are up, the malls are packed, and your calendar is full.  Although the holidays are a time that we typically look forward to, it can also be a stressful time for many families.  The busyness and rush to get everything done can make parents feel [...]

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What Kind of Help Does Your Child Need?

We are exiting what many professionals call, “The Honeymoon Period” of the school year. That means that students are starting to feel disillusioned that this school year will be any better than the last, parents have stepped away thinking their kids are doing fine, and teachers are starting to increase the challenges in the classroom.  [...]

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Back to School Tips for Parents

As summer comes to a close and families gear up for school, it is important to recognize that we, as parents, can influence our children’s attitude and performance in school.  The transition from the summer to fall can be challenging for both parents and students.  Although every child transitions differently, parents can help by using [...]

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Recognizing Mental Health Problems

As school begins to wind down and families prepare for summer, an important awareness campaign is being launched: Mental Health Awareness Month. Of particular interest is the way that mental health disease impacts the children in our society.  Studies have found that 1 in 5 children are living with a diagnosable mental health problem and two-thirds [...]

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