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Nurturing Little Hearts

Teaching Emotional Intelligence in Children | Written by Allison Rosa, MA, LAC Emotional intelligence, often referred to as EQ, is the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our own emotions while also empathizing with the emotions of others. It’s a valuable skill that not only enhances interpersonal relationships but also paves the way for a…
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Self Esteem

| Written by Julie Clappsy, LCSW The ways we view ourselves can heavily impact the way we navigate the world. Different life experiences can impact a person’s self esteem in different ways. Negative life events such as losing a job or experiencing difficulties in a relationship can impact the way a person views themselves. Bullying,…
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Summertime Intention Setting

Helpful Ways to Set Positive Intentions This Summer | Written by Jane Dustman, LCSW Photo by SHVETS production via Summer is here and the opportunities are endless.  We have overcome the cruel winter months, stepped out of hibernation, and are set for rejuvenation with the warm weather amongst us. For some of us, school…
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Keeping Structure in the Summer

| By Rebecca Shack, MS, LPC, NCC Photo by Marko Kelecevic via Summer is full of countless possibilities, especially for children waiting patiently for the school year to come to a close. While summer is about fun, it can also lead to difficulties in autumn when routine returns. Of course, we do not want to…
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| By Erica Marriaga, MSW, LCSW Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels Living in New Jersey in November linked with Daylight Savings Time means lighter mornings and darker evenings.  This creates adjustments for some of us.  What are your first thoughts when you think about early morning or evening activities and getting an extra hour…
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Creating Family Fun

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels If I asked you to picture yourself and your family members walking in the snow, as the picture shows, who would you envision? Would it be the present time, with you, your significant other, pets, children? Would it be when you were younger, with your grandparents? How about looking into…
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You Can Do Your Part to Prevent Child Abuse

National Childhood Abuse Prevention Month By Erica Marriaga, MSW, LCSW Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels   April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. National Child Abuse Prevention Month “recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect.” Every child has significant needs when growing up.…
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Reversing the Cycle

Tools to Help Decrease Your Child’s Emotions By Erica Marriaga, MSW, LCSW   Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels Do you find yourself not knowing how to help your child calm down? When you do try and help them, does it sometimes make the situation worse? Many therapists have found that helping children to understand…
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Positive Parenting

Creating a Healing Environment By Erica Marriaga, MSW, LCSW Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels Have you noticed an increase in difficulty managing your child’s behavior? If you answered yes or had to think about it for a moment, chances are you can relate. Their lives have been turned upside down. If you think back…
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