Learning Years

Learning Years: An Optimist’s Reflections on 2020

January 1, 2021 Thoughts on being hopeful in 2021 Thankfully this monster of a year is finally in the rearview mirror. Disruption came in various forms, including a global pandemic, epic political conflict, h...
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Learning to Cope with Uncertainty

September 1, 2020 Learning Years: Dealing with life's stressors takes effort and practice Some people are natural risk-takers who are nimble and can pivot when encountering the unexpected. None of them are re...

Learning Years: Escape the Moody Cycle

November 18, 2019 Learn clues and strategies to recognize and disrupt moody breakdowns and blow-ups. Sudden escalation of anger in response to small incidents is a common trait of moodiness at any age. Excess...

Learning Years: Raising Indecisive Kids

September 26, 2019 Good enough is sometimes good enough when it comes to anxious children. Childhood anxiety is on the rise. A constant companion of this tormentor is childhood indecisiveness, which has becom...

Learning Years: Gender & Identity Exploration

July 30, 2019 "Fortunately, some youngsters are allowed to gradually learn who they are with supportive families." The notion of gender gets more complex the more socially ubiquitous it becomes, but parents p...

Tips to help your child overcome negative thinking

Negative thoughts lead to more negative thoughts, but using logic and self-reflection can help guide your child out of this pattern. Party pooper, stick in the mud, and Debbie Downer are all terms for negative...

The importance of object permanence on babies.

By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D., 1.10.19 There are simple ways to observe your child's play and interact with them to create lasting effects to their motor and cognitive development. Renowned Swiss child psychologis...

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