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Laura McLaughlin, M.Ed., LPC, RPT
Understanding the Importance of Fantasy in 4-Year-Olds
“My child lies all the time.”
The above statement is one I consistently hear from parents of 4-year-olds. While this new stage of development brings many great social, emotional, physical, and intellectual advances f...
April 14, 2017
Learn the tell-tale signs of childhood anxiety and ways to respond to encourage growth and resolution within your child.
Childhood anxiety is on the rise. The latest numbers show that somewhere around 15-20% of children experience anxiety symptoms before the age of 12,...
February 26, 2017
Managing Defiant Children- How to Best Respond to Modify Your Child’s Disruptive Behaviors
At HeadFirst Counseing, we never diagnose kids.
The problem with diagnosis is that it often leads to a very narrow view of the child, rather than looking at the child as a whole- e...
February 20, 2017
How to Survive a Temper Tantrum: Learning to Connect to Your Child Before You Redirect
Kids cry. A lot. Sometimes they cry for no apparent reason. Other times they cry because you have asked them to do something they do not want to do. No matter what the cause, hearing...
February 5, 2017
Coding and Kids- How to Parent in a Technology Focused World
When to introduce your child to coding games and intellectually stimulating activities.
There is no denying the fact that we live in a technology-filled world. Children of all ages are exposed to technology fro...
January 30, 2017
Unstructured Play Time and Healthy Brain Development
Using play to help your child reach optimal development.
Children are born with an innate desire to expand and explore their environment. Play is a child’s natural language and is medium for which the child assimilates...
January 17, 2017
Learn to recognize signs of anxiety in your child.
Does your child complain of frequent headaches or stomach aches? If a visit to the pediatrician rules out any physical causes, anxiety may be the underlying culprit.
Childhood anxiety often first manifests as physical sy...
January 8, 2017
Understanding the Importance of Development Throughout Childhood
Child development is complicated and messy. Children go through positive and negative stages of development, and these stages are usually not smooth or linear. It is common for children t...
January 1, 2017
Setting an Intention to Connect with Your Child
Make 2017 the year that you bring playfulness back to parenting and reconnect with your child.
Parenting is stressful and full of ups and downs. It’s easy to get caught up in expectations- for your child and for yourself as...
December 22, 2016
Why This Christmas Gift Hack Made My Heart Break
When it comes to getting children to behave, threatening them or using external rewards doesn’t work.
I was heartbroken when I first heard about the latest Christmas meme going viral that involves burning fake presents in...
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