Posts from: February 2021

Suffering from screen time guilt? Cut yourself some slack.

Photo: Kelly Sikkema

I remember being pregnant with my daughter (kiddo #1), and having very ambitious plans about what kind of parent I was going to be. Make homemade baby food? Of course! How organic. Sign up for a variety of baby/toddler classes? Yes, swimming and music galore! And screen time? No way! I’m going to be a totally involved, dedicated parent focusing on real-life experiences. Fast-forward slightly to balancing work and life with a kiddo, and in comes the kid-friendly shock...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:55 PM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

Thinking of getting a pandemic pet? Read this first.

Meet Zoomy Zoom, the author's pandemic puppy.

I remember the day my family welcomed Zoomy Zoom into our home. We were filled with anxiety, excitement and love. Yes, you heard that right: our Yorkie Terrier’s name is Zoomy Zoom. We brought our pandemic puppy home on a drizzly March 29. Even though I had been researching hypoallergenic dogs for about a year, the first three months of having Zoomy in our lives were still an adjustment. From the vaccine schedule to the poop collecting to the...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:51 PM by Keisha Mathew

We're nearly a year into the pandemic. Now what?

Photo by Edwin Hooper

It is November 1, 2020, as I write this article. You will be reading this in Winter 2021. So much will happen between today and the new year: the election (pause and breathe), Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s. That is a lot to take in under normal circumstances, but this year, none of it will be exactly normal. Whatever comes of the election and the intense holiday season, there will certainly be additional tension at the start of the year ...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:44 PM by Gertrude Lyons

COVID-19 and PTSD: How to handle the whirlwind of emotions

Photo by Hedgehog Digital

COVID and PTSD. Both of these words are in all-caps because they are words that mean more than the one word itself. COVID is our generation’s first and only pandemic that has been so charged that we often find ourselves saying phrases like, “I have PTSD,” or “I am OCD.” However, it is important to define the words we are using. In narrative therapy, we focus a lot on wording as a way to validate and change our negatives to more positive biographies of our life. ...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:38 PM by Crystal Clair

Having trouble connecting with your infant? You're not alone.

Photo by Kevin Liang

Having a baby is hard, and with COVID-19 in the mix, life with a little one can feel even more complicated than before. You have fewer places to go with your baby, and limited access to family and friends to give you a break. If your baby seems to cry more than most, doesn’t seem to sleep unless in your arms, doesn’t want to eat, or pulls away from the breast or bottle, you are managing even more stress with
less support. It would be great if there was a perfect way...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:32 PM by Erikson Institute

How to separate peacefully

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

We are now nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced the accompanying challenges and bright spots of quarantine, working remotely, and e-learning. As we acclimate to the new normal, you might be experiencing some clarity in your relationships. Some people are realizing their relationship with their significant other may bring unhappiness rather than satisfaction, or strain rather than ease. Are you staying for the sake of your children? Have you...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:24 PM by Erin Wilson

Modeling failure as a parent

Photo by Sarah Kilian

Did you know that mistakes are integral to the learning process? It’s true. Failure actually helps students develop their ability to improve and hone fundamental skills. Those who don’t view failure as an opportunity can find themselves struggling later on. Of course, our achievement obsessed culture doesn’t help matters. We don’t often hand out awards for most spectacular failures. Only when that failure is turned into a success do we typically offer praise.


Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:13 PM by Lemi-Ola Erinkitola

Keeping the kindness

Photo: Anna Tarazevich

Want your kids to develop a strong sense of belonging and great self-esteem? Then teach them to show kindness. It can be easy to take action during Random Acts of Kindness Week or holiday drives, but weaving kindness into your children’s daily lives can take a bit more effort. However, the benefits to both them and society are worth it.

Kind Manners
Of course, the most obvious place to start is by encouraging manners. “Please,” “thank you” and other words of re...

Posted on February 18, 2021 at 1:21 PM by Fiona Royer

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Posted on February 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Ways to make learning playful and fun for kids

As a kindergarten teacher, I always believed my top priority was to help children fall in love with learning. The joy was getting them to enjoy school, to cherish the memories they make there and embrace the challenges. I felt that if each child could come to school excited for learning, that I would be setting them up for a lifetime of success. With school buildings closed and parents juggling their own work while also managing online learning and homework, I am afraid this priority of m...

Posted on February 11, 2021 at 1:30 PM by Brenna Moss