How to Choose the Best Therapist for Your Child (and Yourself!)

How to Choose the Best Therapist for Your Child (and Yourself!)

Napa & Folsom Child Wellness created this family friendly guide to help you in your search for the best therapist for your child.  Our recommendations are based on multiple studies done by the American Psychological Association, examining what therapist qualities make for the most effective treatment outcomes.  

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5 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Your Toddler

5 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Your Toddler

It is really never too young to start and parents are pleased to find that they are already doing a lot of this every day.  So if you thought I was going to tell you to roll out the baby yoga mat and invest in a meditation soundtrack you may be pleasantly surprised to find how simple it is to create the foundation for a mindful person in your already busy schedule.

Here are 5 ways to start investing in mindfulness for your toddler (and your entire family) . . . 

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Does your family need a screen detox?

Does your family need a screen detox?

How much time is your family spending in front of a screen each day?  Do you have the nagging feeling that it is too much or more than you would like?  Whether this has been on your radar or not, it's absolutely worth spending a few moments taking inventory of your family's habits.  If you decide there may be a problem, we have some ideas for that too!

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The Conversation to Have with Your Child to Prevent Sexual Abuse

A colleague shared this article and I found it to highlight the extremely important conversation all parents must have with their children to help prevent sexual abuse.  Please read and have this discussion multiple times with your family.

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Behavior problems and school issues? Or not enough sleep? Use the Sleep Routine Checklist to make sure your family is getting the rest they need.

Behavior problems and school issues? Or not enough sleep? Use the Sleep Routine Checklist to make sure your family is getting the rest they need.

As a child psychologist, one of the first things I ask clients is, how much sleep is everyone in the family getting? Without a proper night's rest adults are crabby, distracted and less likely to follow through on healthy habits and goals.  Lack of sleep makes the constant problem-solving and patience needed as parents difficult to muster.  If children don't get enough sleep they are grumpy, don't eat well, and have a very hard time regulating their emotions.  Paying attention in school and staying on task is hard enough, without sleep it will feel impossible.  So when there is a concern about behavior or school performance it is important to check on quality of sleep first.  

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