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.
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.
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.
It’s cute (and at times exasperating), but what happens when kids, especially older kids, start asking questions that you don’t want to (or can’t) answer? Do you answer? Freeze? Lie? Avoid? Your response—or lack of a response—makes a difference – and will impact how they choose to communicate with you later in life. Read more.
A strong foundation stabilizes everything, even parenting. Luckily, we have endless information at our fingertips to guide us. With a little introspection, creating your foundation can be a little less challenging. Read more.
Raising kids is hard. Joyful, but hard. We (me included) start off as a bit naïve, full of hope and have great intentions of being the best parents possible. And some days we are. Other days leave us wondering if we have what it takes. Yes, even those of us with graduate degrees in mental health. Read more.