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How to Be Present: Implementing Every Day Mindfulness with Kids

Mindfulness is a hot topic, and it seems everywhere you turn it is being highlighted as the new way to improve something in your life. Although popular, mindfulness is more than a buzzword. It truly has the goods to back up its popularity! Growing research shows mindfulness can positively impact both physical and mental health. […]

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April is for Autism Awareness!

In honor of April’s Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share some basic facts about autism, local resources, and upcoming Michigan events. Simply put, Autism is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral difficulties. Autism occurs on a spectrum, which means it affects individuals differently, and in different degrees. […]

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The Gift of Gratitude: Raising Thankful Kids

Did you know that gratitude is more of a learned trait than an innate one? Let’s all take a sigh of relief! That means the tantrums, occasional failure to recognize something special, or forgetting to say thank you doesn’t automatically mean you are raising an entitled kid. Developmentally, young children tend to be self-centered at […]

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Only Chicken Tenders, Fries & Ketchup: Managing Picky Eating

Although feeding young children can be stressful for parents, it is important to remember eating can be tough on young kids too! Most, if not all, young children have specific food preferences and at one time or another can be selective (or picky!) about food. Young children are often reluctant to try foods that are […]

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Food Battles: Thoughts from an Eating Disorder Therapist and Mom

Food and Children. As mothers, one of the first tasks we are confronted with is feeding our child. The decisions seem personal (breast milk or formula?) and fairly straight forward (make my own baby food or use store bought?), but the amount of information and opinions about food and healthy eating can create confusion. Although […]

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