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Tips to Manage Back-to-School Anxiety

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Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
July 31, 2020

By Heather Tunstall

The start of the school year usually comes with at least a touch of trepidation, but this year, it’s more important than ever to navigate end-of-summer anxiety

This time of year has a familiar cadence to it. By the beginning of August, a bit of excitement mixed with anticipation and yes, probably some anxiety, begins to creep up as the new school year approaches.

“Anything that might be new, like new teachers, ...

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5 organizations in Ohio focused on helping kids

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HPC featured in Ezvid Wiki videoHanna Perkins Center was recently featured in a video by Ezvid Wiki as one of five organizations in Ohio that improve children’s lives.

Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki claims to be the world’s first video wiki, and says it’s now rated among the top 3,000 websites in the United States. Its YouTube channel has over 500,000 ...

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Six timeless truths for parents

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Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond

Sept. 16, 2019

Lessons for our Grandkids’ Parents

Being a parent has become more complex, stressful and competitive. Young parents seem to feel it’s their responsibility to make a child’s life one long string of successes. They seem to think they’re in control of these small lives, and that they’re failures as parents if everything doesn’t go as planned.

These impulses are not all wrong. Good parents have always wanted to protect their children from harm – and themselves ...

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How kids’ personalities affect behavior

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Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
Sept. 1, 2019

Personality traits like talkativeness and adaptability are hardwired. This is according to the study titled “On the Contextual Independence of Personality,” conducted at the University of California at Riverside. Christopher Nave, the study’s author, wrote, “personality resides within people, it is manifest through behavior in diverse ways across the varied settings of life.”

Parents recognize these hardwired tendencies because they are reflected in their child’s behavior — and teaching children appropriate behavior is about knowing ...

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How would 21 teens better Cleveland with $25,000? United Way gave them a chance to find out.

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Freshwater Cleveland
May 16, 2019

During a recent afternoon ceremony at the Halle Building, the mood was celebratory and inspiring as five local organizations—Boys & Girls Club of Greater ClevelandHanna Perkins Center for Child DevelopmentFootpath FoundationCleveland Rape Crisis Center, and the YWCA of Greater Cleveland—received $5,000 grants in support of youth-geared initiatives.

Even cooler? The benefactors are ambitious, civic-minded high school juniors and seniors who spent nine months serving on  Read More →

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How do I explain an affair to my kids?

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Advice from therapists and a family who’s been through it

Basic Dad advice column
MEL Magazine

May 2, 2019

Overall, I like to be pretty honest with my kid, but when it comes to this subject, I wonder if I should say anything at all, much less tell him the whole story. About a year ago I had an affair. I don’t want to get into the whole thing, but it was a huge mistake, and now, months after my wife found ...

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When should I stop letting my kid win?

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Advice from a professional baseball player, a board game designer and others

Basic Dad advice column
MEL Magazine

March 20, 2019

It was about a month ago that I first introduced my toddler to the game Candy Land. At first she was really excited to play — it’s a cute, colorful game perfect for her age. But instead of doing what I figured most parents would do and let their kid win, I decided to play it fair and if I won, I’d ...

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