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Demystifying Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

In an effort to help parents understand their differently wired kids, we are going to tackle common labels these kids earn. By examining their meanings, we learn strategies to support such kids.
Today we start with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Jewish Family Services of Harrisburg
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Foster Care Helps Children Grow Into Adults of Tomorrow

May is National Foster Care Month, so let’s start with an inspirational quote from one of the loudest and most profound voices in the world of Foster Care and Adoption, that of Dr. Bruce Perry:  “The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”

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Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

Summer is upon us.  The Pandemic is sort of resolved.  More things are open then last summer. Summer camp is a possibility. A real family vacation becomes an option. Our kids are ready for a break! How do you manage creating the summer you and your children need after the last “Covid informed” 15 months? The answer is one word: Schedule. Create a schedule with your child  that you can utilize the whole summer long which sets clear expectations, boundaries, rules, and ultimately allows for fun and rejuvenation.

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The Challenge of Screen-Time

During Coronavirus, screens became our lifeline to the outer world: school, work, friends, and family. Now it is time to renegotiate or reset your children’s relationships with their devices. A daunting task. But it can be accomplished with creativity, compromise, and collaboration.

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Dear Director: The Summer Edition

Dear Director: The summer is around the corner and with Covid numbers going down, I am feeling like my kids should be gearing up for outdoor and group activities. They were so focused on online activities/school, their phones, and tv shows for so long. What can I do to convince them to get them up and out now that the weather is getting better?

Signed, Overwhelmed with the Transition to Summer

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Local Family Activities

One of the keys to helping your family have a fun and relaxing summer is to get creative and resourceful when developing your schedule. Central Pennsylvania has a wealth of family activities you can include in your posted summer schedule. Remember to gather your child’s input about activities so they will be invested, follow screen-time rules, and feel like a valued member of your family. Don’t forget the most important thing: HAVE FUN!

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Learn about how your adopted child’s chronological age may not match their biological age. Trauma effects development. There is hope: read about techniques that can help your parenting.

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