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Helping Children Get Used to the Idea of Wearing Masks in Public

            Because of the current health crisis, it is a common place to see people wearing face masks in public.  While wearing these masks is an important part of curbing the spread of infection and disease, your child may feel uncomfortable with the idea of...

Communicating With Teens

In many respects, the teenage years mirror a lot of the intellectual, social and emotional development that takes place during toddler hood. During both stages of development, children are learning exciting new skill sets, but are also testing boundaries in new and...

Our Family is Mourning

We are in mourning at The Family Tree today, not only over the senseless death of George Floyd, whose family and community held a memorial service in Minneapolis yesterday. We are in mourning over all of the injustices facing families and communities of color every...

Single Parenting in Unprecedented Times

Many families have been under tremendous stress and changes since the beginning of this pandemic. However, for single parents, the sudden change of having to adjust has been overwhelming and taxing on them mentally, physically and emotionally. From getting through the...

Impact of Parents Fighting in Front of Their Children

Everyday life is changing, and children may be struggling with significant adjustments to their routines which could Conflict is a natural part of cohabitation with a spouse or romantic partner. Especially during these stressful times, it is normal and healthy to have...

Understanding Children and Their Emotional Well-Being

Everyday life is changing, and children may be struggling with significant adjustments to their routines which could interfere with their sense of structure and security. Young people, including infants and toddlers are observers of people and their environments. They...

Coping with Stress as a Parent

As a parent, it’s important to practice self-care first if you want to be ready to help others. It’s difficult to take care of others’ needs if we don’t manage our own well-being first. Once you feel more grounded, helping others cope with...

Activities for Kids at Home

We are approaching the end of month one with schools closed and most people staying home with their children. This is a huge change for many families, and by now the ideas are probably running thin on how to keep children entertained and happy. Hopefully, you are...

How to Host a Virtual Play Date

Having the ability to see friends and family face-to-face is difficult right now and some children might be struggling with this isolation. One of the ways children may be able to engage in activities with their friends is to incorporate...

How to Stay Connected at Home While Practicing Social Distancing

As the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds, it is important for the health and wellbeing of our communities that we adhere to the requirements of social distancing – staying home if you can, and staying 6 feet away from one another when out in public. That said,...
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