Read article: Tech time for young children
Tech time for young children
We use technology in many ways during everyday routines, and young children don’t want to be left out. The University of Illinois...
Read article: Five ways to support foster parents
Five ways to support foster parents
A little less than a year ago, I received a phone call from a friend who eagerly said that a foster child was on the way to their home. I was beyond...
Read article: How to help the child whose parent lives with mental health challenges
How to help the child whose parent lives with mental health challenges
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to discuss something that hits very close to home for me. The...
Read article: Five tips for grandparents raising grandchildren
Five tips for grandparents raising grandchildren
Often grandparenting means a weekend with grandchildren every now and then, an evening babysitting, a summer vacation, or chats on the phone and...
Read article: Starting a family as LGBTQ+ parents
Starting a family as LGBTQ+ parents
During my first year of college, I had a professor in the middle of the adoption process with her partner. I will never forget the day she shared the...
Read article: Helpful hints for unifying a blended family
Helpful hints for unifying a blended family
While conflict is bound to happen in all family structures, blended families encounter many unique challenges. Knowing what to expect can help...
Read article: Helping children cope with disasters
Helping children cope with disasters
Natural disasters, such as the recent tornadoes, wildfires, and floods along with other traumatic events like mass shootings and even the pandemic...
Read article: Making the holidays memorable and meaningful
Making the holidays memorable and meaningful
Every year the adults in my family have a Christmas gift exchange. Around October we draw names with wish lists to prepare for the exchange. A couple...
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