Happy Morning Routines

Happy Morning Routines 5 Must Do Strategies for School Morning Success Jennifer Hector, MA, MFT   Shifting from the flow of summer to the fast pace of a school and work schedule is one of the most stressful and challenging times of the year. How can help this transition go more smoothly? What strategies can be used to shore up … Read More

Why Parents are Choosing Mindfulness to Increase Happiness and Calm

Why Parents are Choosing Mindfulness to Increase Happiness and Calm Help your child start the school year ready to learn Caitlyn Andrews, MA, MFTI   Did you know that excitement and anxiety can feel the same in your body? Have you ever noticed how children can be excited one minute and crying the next? Starting a new school year brings … Read More

Parenting Success with ADHD

Parenting Success with ADHD Jennifer Hector, MA, LMFT Having success in the school year requires specific strategies for supporting kids with ADHD. In order for these specific parenting strategies to work, a meta-framework for how to respond to your child needs to be put in place. Listed below are three key elements that make up this larger frame of reference … Read More

Managing Anxiety as the School Starts

Managing Anxiety as the School Starts: Few words about Reassurance Marta A. Gea Franca, LMFT It’s that time of the year again! Back to school is around the corner. Children and parents may be thinking about what to expect as the school starts. For children experiencing anxiety, the uncertainty about the first day of school contributes to an increase in … Read More

Playing After Vacation

Playing After Vacation Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S CEO/Owner Treehouse Family Counseling Services.   Several years ago, my brother returned from a wonderful trip he’d taken and had just finished his first day back at work when he said “There’s nothing like going back to work to ruin a perfectly good vacation.”  As adults, we know this to … Read More

Fostering Independence In Young Children

Fostering Independence In Young Children Marta A. Gea Franca, LMFT     As children start having a better understanding of themselves as separate individuals from their parents, they are eager to explore the world around them. Toddlers experience a sense of independence and begin exploring the world around them with wonder. They learn the power of using the word “No” … Read More

Growth Mindset For Success

wth Mindset for Success Jennifer Hector, MA, LMFT   As children grow into adulthood, what underlies their capacity to successfully navigate their daily lives with all the ups and downs? What traits allow them to bounce back from adversity and carry on with continued belief in themselves and the world around them?   One trait that stands out is having … Read More


DAD AND ME Mary Ruth Cross, MS, MFT, NCC, RPT-S   10 Tips How To Be A Happy Dad My fondest memories of my own father is the amazing way he had of fixing any problem, even when it wasn’t a problem he needed to fix.  When Dad retired he even became a handyman.  He could fix anything.  He often … Read More

4 Steps for Reducing Tantrums

4 Steps For Reducing Tantrums By Jennifer Hector, LMFT     Our first response to getting our kids to calm down is often aimed at stamping out their large reactions, to insist that they stop crying, to tell them they are being ridiculous and to ask them why they would behave in such a way.  When asked about the effectiveness … Read More