Adina’s Positive Parenting Tips

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Building Self-Esteem In Kids: Using Mind Maps

Often times after their child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, parents have a hard time breaking the news to their children. They feel like children will feel stupid, angry or different then their peers. But children often sense that something is up anyway. They appreciate having their differences explained to them in kind and matter of fact way. Mel Levine, in his book "All Kinds Of Minds talks about this as the demystification process. Demystification invites self-awareness, which leads to an understanding of their unique … [Read More...]

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Good Parenting: The Importance Of Play

I have spent the past few months writing a course for PDR resources, a nonprofit educational corporation that provides health care professionals with accredited continuing education credits. Ever since I read the book "The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel, I have been interested in the topic of building resilience in kids. There are many articles on this website that can attest to that. So it was a no brainer for me to write this new course. There is one aspect of Resilience that I have not written much about because it seems … [Read More...]

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Promoting Social Skills In Your Child With Learning Differences: What Parents Need To Know

Come and Join Us: A+ Solutions is pleased to invite you to an evening with Courtney Evenchik, MA, NCSP Monday evening, May 12 7:30-8:30pm How to Promote Positive Social Skills in Your Child with Learning Differences Location: Lee Road Library 2345 Lee Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Ever wondered why some kids have a hard time in social situation?. Some kids have a tough time making friends, others have trouble keeping friends. Many children have difficulties navigating peer relationships. It is no wonder because, social … [Read More...]

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Social Skills For Struggling Students: The Four Key Social Skills

Do you ever notice your child hanging back in social situations? Perhaps they are extra clingy when you are all meeting new people or they refuse to leave your side when you drop them off that first day of school. Are they able to rush into that new playground that just opened or do they hang back as if they are casing the joint? It can be tough to understand and get the hang of social skills. As adults we all have found ourselves in awkward social situations, but it is even more painful watching our children flounder. As I mentioned in a … [Read More...]

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A Day In The Life Of A Parent Educator: Passover Cleaning

I am in the thick of Passover cleaning and cooking and I feel like I am one step away from biting someone's head off. Don't worry it won't be you, because you are not an immediate family member. You are quite safe. It is my immediate family that has to worry, sorry immediate family members. My family senses it and the smart ones are keeping their distance, the ones who are not able to read body language so easily are whining or complaining when I ask them to chip in and help. It has taken every ounce of self-control, to not accuse, blame, … [Read More...]

Parenting Responsible Children

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Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves

                What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier […]

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Whose Report Card Is It Anyway? Encourage Your Child To Take Responsibility For Their School Work

I remember the feeling of anticipation and nervousness in elementary school when report cards were handed out. I wasn’t the greatest student but I always did okay, A’s, B’s and once in a while a few C’s. Whatever I did get my parents were pretty cool about it. They knew I was an avid reader […]

Nurture Yourself

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5 Surefire Ways To Stop Losing It With Your Kids

Every parent messes up. We say things we don’t mean. We yell at our kids because we are tired. We sometimes blame our children for things they never did. We may accuse our children of behaving badly when that was never their intention. We act in a way that we swore we would never act. […]

Moms Have Got A Lot To Do: Manage Your Time Effectively

Sometimes I feel like my world is spinning out of control. There is always so much to do, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. In our fast paced world it is important to stop and think about effective ways to manage our time. Julie Morgenstern, in her book “Time Management from the Inside Out” advises […]