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Lisa Allmendinger on February 9th, 2018

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Dear Chelsea Community: Have you ever had a conversation with your child about a sensitive topic only to have your child repeat your conversation to someone outside of your family? Some families like to keep things private; others don’t mind if the whole world knows their business. I recently found a nice […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 26th, 2018

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce I recently came across a blog on www.understood.org about parenting. The author was dealing with her child’s daily meltdowns with bribery. She felt like she was walking on eggshells and was embarrassed when he had a meltdown in public. She finally came to realize that her son had a lot of power. […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Although the holiday season is full of fun activities, it can also be a stressful time for some children (and adults!). Changes in routine, visiting with relatives you may not see often, family dinners with “different” foods can all cause children to feel frustrated. Here is a list of the Top 7 […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 8th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Frequently in my job I find myself helping students sort out friendship issues. Inevitably, students will argue about who plays with whom at recess. It usually goes something like this: Friend A wants to play with both Friends B and C, but B and C don’t like each other, and don’t want […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 24th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce I recently participated in a webinar on executive functioning presented by Jack Naglieri, Ph.D. I thought I’d share a great strategy that you can use with your child to build executive functioning. First of all, what is executive functioning? Executive Functioning (EF) is a basic psychological process commonly known as planning. In […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 10th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Screen time includes watching videos, movies, and TV. It also includes playing games on any electronic device – TV, cell phone, iPad, gaming systems, computer, etc. Screen time for children under age 3 has been linked to irregular sleep patterns and delayed language acquisition. Sleep disturbances in older children have also been […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 20th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Dear Chelsea Community: I found this really good article entitled “Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents who do These 9 Things”. I’ve summarized it below: Don’t tell them they can be anything they want. Instead steer them into well-paying professions where there will be a shortage of workers. (Healthcare and […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 6th, 2017

By Kristin Krarup-Joyce Dear Chelsea Community: In light of the Las Vegas shooting, I want to share a very good article prepared by the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to your children about violence. I hope this will help guide you when difficult questions come up. Please let me know how […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 21st, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) April is Autism Awareness month, so here is a repeat of a past column. I hear the term autism spectrum disorder frequently. What exactly is an autism spectrum disorder? According to the National Institute for Mental Health, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 31st, 2017

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kristin Krarup-Joyce for the information in this story.) I recently read about the Lego Life app–a free app that adheres to UNICEF online child safety standards–and serves as an introduction to social media for kids. In the app, kids and tweens can upload their creations, join challenges, and communicate […]

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