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difficult conversations guest Kate Rickord

Whether it’s news accounts of natural disasters or terrorism, sexually loaded images on TV or marital conflict in our own homes, many things in our children’s daily lives compel us to have conversations that feel difficult and uncomfortable. What can children manage or comprehend at different ages? What words should we use – and what…

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on our minds

We are excited that Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s outstanding Children’s Program is now in MN, offering opportunities for schools and other child-focused organizations to collaborate with them.   The Children’s Program is hosting an Open House at the Plymouth, MN campus on Wednesday, August 21 from 3-6 p.m. with a program being held from 4:15-4:45…

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Photo of substance use ME guest, Helene Photias

When a parent or other key adult in a family is dealing with substance abuse or addiction, children are affected in many ways. Their trust and security are undermined when parents are unable to provide the consistent, sensitive care children need and deserve. Children may fear the erratic, unpredictable behavior that is typical of people…

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tv appearances

 We’ve all heard the stories – or seen the movie or Broadway show – about so-called “mean girls.” But what do we really know about the hurtful things girls do to each other, especially in today’s world of social media? What are the consequences of rejection, rumors and ridicule – and, most importantly, what…

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Photo of how young children think about relationships ME guest, Dr. Narges Afshordi

Long before children can speak and tell us what they know, they are watching us and others and beginning to develop expectations about how people will behave in certain situations. For example, infants who have a secure attachment with their mothers show surprise when a very simple animated video image leaves a smaller, similar image…

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