Author - Paulette Janus

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Paulette Janus, LCSW has been an NPN member since 2012. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Janus Behavioral Health Services, LLC with offices in Lakeview and Wilmette. For over 15 years, she has been providing psychotherapy services for children, teens, and families, helping you live happy and healthy. She also provides family mediation, divorce coaching, and co-parent coaching. Learn more at

Want a kinder, calmer kid? Try mindfulness. |

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How many times have you said to yourself “just breathe”? Do you encourage your child to do the same? Stress is not reserved solely for adults. Research within schools has shown that teaching children mindfulness leads to greater kindness, improved focus, more self-control, fewer mood difficulties, and higher academic scores and graduation rates. What’s not to love? 

Mindfulness is being aware of o...

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 9:27 AM by Paulette Janus

How to get an honest response from your kids

You walk into the kitchen to find an open bag of cookies on the counter and your child with chocolate on their face. You ask, “Did you eat the cookies?” Of course, the response is, “No.”  And you just wish for an honest answer. How often does this happen, whether in interactions with your child, a co-worker, or the used car dealer? Here are a few strategies to increase the likelihood of getting an honest response.

1. Do not ask a question that you already know the answer to. Lying is a nor...

Posted on May 09, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Paulette Janus