Category: Children and Teens

Guiding Children from Meltdown to Mellowed

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Preschool children are prone to “meltdowns,” or uncontrollable outbursts of emotion. Uncomfortable as they can be for the preschoolers and adults involved, meltdowns are normal in different populations of children, as these youngsters have yet to develop self-control and are easily overwhelmed by their emotions. Various triggers can send […]

The Tools to Manage Your Child’s Stress: Tips on Using Problem-Solving Skills

Author: Jennifer Firestone, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker As they grow up children are continually discovering that challenges can enter their lives at any stage. Young children, for example, often have “meltdowns” or tantrums when they have to wait for what they want. Those in middle childhood may have so many activities that they might often […]

Nurturing Your 2 and 3 Year-Old’s Development

Author: Andrea LoBalbo, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker Watching how your child plays, behaves, learns and speaks gives you clues into their development. Children grow and develop at different rates and the same child may develop more quickly in one area than another. Developmental milestones are tasks most children can do by a certain age. Be […]

Easing the Stress of Report Card Season Tips for Parents and Students

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Mid-year report card season can be stressful on families. Parents may finally have to face up to problems that have been brewing at school all semester. Some students may fear parents finding they’ve earned disappointing marks. Others may cringe to bring home even one grade that’s below an A. […]

Job #1 in Preschool: Teaching Social Skills

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Preschool is a wonderful time to capitalize on children’s natural curiosity about the world. Yet an even more essential lesson from ages 2-5 is developing good social skills. Activities such as circle time, free play, music, and art help children learn the principles that will allow them to work […]

Five Steps Toward Cultivating Self-Control in Children

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director In the world of a young child, frustration may come from many daily situations. Waiting your turn, feeling uncertainty, or choosing among too many options are a few of the challenges that can cause a pre-schooler to tantrum, hurt others or act out in other ways. However, adults caring […]

Regression in Preschoolers

Author: JSSA Early Childhood Services Q: My middle child is turning 3 this month, and she has become extremely clingy. She wants to be in my lap constantly and when in my lap coos, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy.” She fights for attention with the baby 1 ½ years younger and her older brother, 4. She has […]

Preschoolers – Stretching the Truth or Lying

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Q: My preschoolers have been stretching the truth or making up stories a lot these days. Sometimes this is expressed as imaginative “stories,”, but sometimes it’s just simple lying. How do I handle this? How do I teach them that lying is bad? Or do I? A: Lying at […]

Mealtime Difficulties

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Q: My child is 3 years old, and we usually have a problem at dinner. He doesn’t want to eat what my husband and I eat, and I don’t know what to do. He begins to scream and cry and is often sent from the table. We need a […]

Differing Parenting Styles

Author: JSSA Adult, Couples and Parents Services Q: My husband has a completely different parenting style than I do, especially when it comes to discipline. He is strict, and I am more lenient. What can we do to integrate our parenting styles? A: One of the biggest issues that parents face is how to discipline […]

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