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Raising resilient and positive children by fostering their development of self-esteem and self-worth.

Self-esteem is essential for healthy development in children. Without positive self-esteem, children do not grow in the most optimal manner or develop a healthy and acc...

Help! There is a Threenager in My Home!

As your child transitions from 3 to 3 ½, the cooperative, easy going attitude of your child seems to evaporate overnight and is replaced by a child that is more demanding, controlling, and rigid.

Welcome to the threenage period of...

A recent series by Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you haven’t heard of it yet chances are your kids have. Even better chance that your middle or high schooler has already watched (or binged) the full series. Why is this importan...

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...

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,...

How to Respond to Your Child’s Disruptive Behaviors

HeadFirst Counseling’s Laura McLaughlin partnered with The Tot (thetot.com) to answer all of your toughest questions about how to manage your child’s disruptive behaviors. See below for the Q&A, also featured on The To...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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