About Karen Crowe, MAFrom a clinical graduate degree program to play therapy with children who were abused and neglected to crisis intervention counseling to working with teenagers to developing programming for young children to finally (the most rewarding) raising my own three kids, my passion for understanding how to help children grow and thrive in an ever-changing world continues to grow. Pursuing knowledge and expertise in the world of human development since 1995 has given me incredible life experiences.I have been asked to share the knowledge and insight I have gained from these experiences on this platform. I hope it inspires, informs and comforts those who read it.
Many of us already know the importance of building community and can do so naturally. But for those who are a little more reserved, how do you create that for your family—especially during a pandemic when the more natural ways of meeting people, developing friendships and nurturing relationships are less available? Read more.
Summer is here and with that may come some expectations about what it should look like. But, our current state of affairs may require us to adjust those expectations and potentially even deal with other issues that arise. Read more.
This year has been especially painful. It’s hard to process. As my emotions about our current state of affairs continue to swirl, I find myself thinking even more about how my words and actions impact and influence others. Am I walking my talk or are my words simple platitudes? Do I live out my values? What am I really teaching my kids? Read more.
As our country begins the process of reopening after quarantine, a variety of emotions may also be emerging. Some of us may feel ready to bust out, some may be quite anxious or angry and others are just plain uncertain. As we start to think about re-engaging it might be a good time to plan how we are going to manage the emotions associated with doing so. That includes helping our children manage theirs. Read more.
Chores. Unfortunately, chores are a necessary part of life. Starting your kids off early with age-appropriate jobs helps set the tone for your expectations, creates a family rhythm of getting stuff done, teaches them important life skills and builds a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Read more.
I saw a comment on social media awhile back that read, “Threenager is no joke.” For years I have said there isn’t much difference between toddlers and teenagers except a decade of experience, so I was amused someone finally coined a term that aptly describes having a toddler (or a teenager, or both!). Read more.
Some of my favorite family photos (and memories) are of my girls covered in paint, chocolate, dirt or whatever we had gotten into that day. I get that for some people that creates anxiety and a lot of extra effort in the laundry department—for me it signified we were out and about doing things and having fun. Read more.
If you have more than one child you have probably discovered that not all parenting strategies work the same. It can be frustrating and a bit of a head-scratcher but if you think about it, it makes sense. Read more.
Even during the best of times living with young children can sometimes seem like you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. Throw in social isolation due to a pandemic and a total upheaval of your life and things can get even more emotionally challenging. We’re all feeling a little off right now. Read more.