Temper Tantrums & Meltdowns

October 13th, 2016
Posted in Adolescents, Children

We have parents ask us often, “how do I deal with temple tantrums and meltdowns?”  Read this great article by following the link.

Separation Anxiety

July 11th, 2016
Posted in Adolescents, Anxiety, Children, Families

As the new school year fast approaches we try to prepare ourselves and our children for this change. Some children do not adjust smoothly. This article contains symptoms, causes and tips for helping your child cope through this transition. Separation Anxiety Separation anxiety is a normal and healthy phase of development in young children.  As […]

Planned Ignoring, Planned teaching, & Planned Praise

May 18th, 2016
Posted in Adolescents, Children, Families

Planned teaching, ignoring and praise are effective strategies for reducing unwanted behaviors and increasing desired behaviors. In addition, caregivers will enjoy less heated moments where both child and adult loses their temper, and increase enjoyable moments between adult and child. Planned teaching is when a caregiver intentionally prepares or anticipates a time to teach the […]

Can Children Feel “Stressed Out”?

January 14th, 2016
Posted in General

As adults, we face many demands daily, such as getting children ready in time for school, completing tasks at work, paying bills, and many more!  In addition, there are times children experience situations that overwhelm their sense of safety, and/or capacity to understand what is happening.  This often leads to a child feeling “stressed out” […]

Healthy Self-Esteem

November 18th, 2015
Posted in Families

What does your child see when they look in the mirror? A healthy self-esteem is when we love ourselves from the inside out. If you believe that it is important for your child to love themselves, you may want to read this article.Healthy self esteem

Divorce Effects on Children

August 3rd, 2015
Posted in Children

Divorce is an intensely stressful experience for children of all ages. The pain experienced by children at the beginning of a divorce is composed of many strong yet powerless feelings. This article concludes with long term consequences that might surprise you. This article stresses the need for a specialist to see the children during this […]

Family Counseling

July 22nd, 2015
Posted in General

Choices and Changes is a private, family-centered counseling practice, serving parents/primary caregivers and their children by providing therapeutic and supportive services to the whole family.  Choices and Changes’ services engage, teach, and support families to develop and practice new ways of listening, communicating, playing, and providing structure and limits in the family system.  Jan Boggs, LCSW, RPT […]

Kids Won’t Listen? Try This!

June 4th, 2012
Posted in Children, Families

Kids Won\’t Listen. Try This! I like this article because it is simple, yet sage advice. We as adults talk too much! We try to explain when sometimes our children are either not old enough to understand our lengthy explanations or they are old enough to not want to listen to us!!! So follow this […]

Summer Reading Guide for Parents

June 11th, 2010
Posted in General

It’s summer. It’s time to relax, spend time outside, visit friends, and enjoy your time as a family. But don’t stop reading. Make it part of your family’s summer fun. Research shows children lose one to three months of learning every summer. They forget math and reading skills they worked hard to acquire during the […]

Mental Health Statistics

June 11th, 2010
Posted in General

Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates […]