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Updated: April 23, 2022

10 Positive Affirmations for Kids + How to Use Them

10 Positive Affirmations

As parents and caregivers, we want our children to be happy, healthy, and safe. Protecting and nurturing their mental health is one incredibly important way to do this. Mental health affects everything from physical health to self esteem and self-confidence. For little ones to thrive, we need to start early with a focus on helping them to develop a growth mindset and to utilize positive self-talk.

How Much Does Adoption Cost?

How Much Does Adoption Cost?

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If you are matched to a particular pregnant women who is planning adoption for her baby, some agencies (and most attorneys) may be willing to reduce their fees if the birthmother is on Medicaid or a private insurance plan—because that insurance will cover the prenatal care and the delivery of the child. This could lower your costs by thousands of dollars.

Ask the agency or attorney whether fees are changed in any way if the birthmother has private insurance or is on Medicaid.

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Adopting Kids with Special Needs

Adopting Kids with Special Needs

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Agencies designate children who they believe are hard to place as children with special needs, although each agency differs on what constitutes a special need. What some agencies regard as special needs are not viewed that way by other agencies—and often not by hopeful adoptive parents. For example, healthy black or biracial infants and older children are often categorized as having special needs simply because the agency has trouble finding parents for them.

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Intrusions to Creativity

Intrusions to Creativity

To create a magical context that fosters spontaneous inspiration and self-expression, parents and teachers need to become aware of possible intrusions into children's joyful processes. Commenting on children's paintings is extremely delicate and can be unknowingly threatening to a child.

It may not seem like it because these questions can feel natural, but here are the three basic intrusions to children's creativity:

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Updated: July 1, 2020

My Kid is Nothing Like Me

My Kid is Nothing Like Me

From the moment a baby is born, most parents have a certain idea of what their kid will be like. Maybe they hope their child will grow up to be a lawyer like their mom or a college athlete like their dad.

However, very rarely do children grow up to be exactly what their parents expect them to be.

Take it from Maureen Emily. Maureen is a self-proclaimed extrovert through and through and always assumed her daughter, Georgia, would be as outgoing and bubbly as she was.

Updated: May 29, 2020

5 Ways to be a More Mindful Mama

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It’s August. We are eight months into this year. What have you done for yourself this year? If your answer is nothing, we gotta change that, sister. Have you ever heard someone say you can’t pour from an empty cup? Of course you have, but the reality is, it’s true. Moms are a superbreed of humans that always put their needs behind everyone else’s. While this sounds very caring and selfless, it actually has the potential to disrupt the functioning of your family in a big way.

by: Rebecca Henry, M.A., LMHC

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How to Prepare Your Anxious Child for the Last Day of School

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Anxiety in kids

How to Prepare Your Anxious Child for the Last Day of School

Childhood anxiety has become more pronounced and prevalent in our children. In fact, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, one in eight children has an anxiety disorder. A certain amount of anxiety is healthy; however, anxiety is identified as a disorder when the indicators are excessive and controls a child's overall functioning.

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Women's Weight Concerns and Body Image

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Women's Weight Concerns and Body Image

Body image, or how you feel about the way you look, affects girls and women at all ages and in all aspects of life. If body image is positive, it improves confidence, performance, and success. If body image is negative, it can lead to low self-esteem, shaky confidence, and eating disorders causing poor health and poor performance.
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Positive Body Image: 5 Steps to Get There Now

Positive Body Image

Summer is upon us, which usually means bathing suits, tiny shorts and overuse of the phrase "beach body" by every fitness and diet commercial out there.

If you're struggling with body image issues, particularly after having a baby, summer can be pretty tough.

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Updated: November 11, 2020

Teaching Kids About Autism

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Autism is a developmental disability, which can be difficult for children to understand when they witness their peers, family members, or strangers who struggle to communicate verbally or interact socially. Opening up the conversation with your children about autism can bring clarity for them, and aid their compassion for others.

Updated: June 20, 2019

Is it Okay to be Naked in Front of Your Kids?

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There are so many decisions to make when it comes to having a baby. From getting the necessary baby gear to planning a college fund to having hypothetical questions about disciplining kids, it can get overwhelming...and that's just the beginning. Once your tiny human is here, you'll be faced with "quick set decisions." These are decisions you'll have to make in the moment and have no way of knowing that curveball was headed your way. Welcome to parenthood. 

Understanding the Smothering Mother

Understanding the Smothering Mother

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D., uses the term "Monster Mothers." These are women who are abusive, neglectful, and intolerable of a daughter's individuality. They fail to be empathetic during teen years and are uncommunicative because they cannot express themselves. Fortunately, they are the exception to most mothers rather than the rule.

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Three to Six Years: Dietary and Developmental Highlights

Three to Six Years: Dietary and Developmental Highlights

Around three, children become increasingly social, more independent, and even more fun to be with than they were before. Preschoolers are particularly playful people who can be quite jovial and entertaining. They love to run, jump, dance, climb, and roughhouse. They find humor in the ridiculous, often laughing easily at the drop of a hat. Clownlike behavior is par for the course.

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State Government Adoption Agencies

State Government Adoption Agencies

State agencies primarily place foster children for adoption when their biological parents' rights are terminated (or willingly given up). The children may have been physically or sexually abused, neglected, or abandoned. Their biological parents may have had problems with drug or alcohol abuse or mental illness.

As with private agencies, advantages and disadvantages exist to adopting through a government (public) agency. Here are some key advantages:

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Updated: March 3, 2022

Does Gentle Parenting Really Work?

Gentle Parenting

Being a parent is not always easy. But what can be easy is losing our tempers when we’re already stressed and parenthood pushes us over the edge. It’s no surprise then that the gentle parenting approach is making waves among newer millennial parents, influenced by the rise of gentle parenting content by TikTok super influencers, as well as the outright need to find an alternative to flying off the handle during these especially trying times.

Mothers and Adult Daughters: The Real Bonus of Communication

Mothers and Adult Daughters: The Real Bonus of Communication

Building Blocks

Rapport is a natural harmony between two people that enables them to feel comfort and pleasure in one another's company.

Building Blocks

Interdependence is the mutual intermingling of independence and dependency that affects caring, support, and interaction.

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