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4 Tips For Getting Teens to Engage in Family Time

4 Tips For Getting Teens to Engage in Family Time

1) Model the behavior you want to see

Although it may not seem like it, your teens are watching your behavior just as much as you are watching theirs. Show your teens that family time is an important part of your family life by being consistent, enthusiastic, and engaged. Put away your cell phone and focus on the family if you expect them to do the same.

2) Make it a scheduled event

Pick a day and stick to it! Chances are your teen’s social life is buzzing with friends, school, and other activities, making a scheduled event increases the chances that your teen (and you) will fit it into the schedule. Send them a reminder a few days before and remember to tell them the day of that you are looking forward to spending time with them.

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Why Being a Mean Mom Can Be a Good Thing: Clair Mellenthin on KUTV Fresh Living

Why Being a Mean Mom Can Be a Good Thing: Clair Mellenthin on KUTV Fresh Living

Clair Mellenthin, Clinical Director, joined KUTV Fresh Living to let us know why being a mom mean isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Here are a few tips for “being mean”:

  • Don’t be the cool parent!
  • Set expectations
  • Children need consistency
  • Catch kids being good

Watch the interview for more reasons being “mean mom” is good!

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Teach Your Daughter Body Love: Julie Hanks on Studio 5

Many of you have joined our Body Love movement, turning the negative self-talk into positive views of our bodies. Now, we challenge you to help your daughters feel good about how they look. Studio 5 Contributor, Therapist Julie Hanks, LCSW shares 10 ways to teach young girls the concept of body love.

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Preventing Food Allergy Bullying: Clair Mellenthin on KUTV Fresh Living

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Food allergies affect 1 in 100 kids these days. That means, your child, someone at your child’s school, or someone you know probably has a food allergy. These allergies can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and bullying or teasing by others. Clair Mellenthin, LCSW joins KUTV Fresh Living to discuss ways to protect a child with food allergies.

Watch the interview.

Tips for Protecting Your Child:

1. Always advocate for your child. Educate teachers, peers, and others (ie. airlines) regarding the consequences of a child being exposed to the allergen.
2. Be open and honest with your child about the risks associated with their allergy.
3. Keep open lines of communication with your child about their feelings or fears about their allergy. This will give them the opportunity to open up if someone is giving them a hard time.

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The Parent Trap: Clair Mellenthin on KUTV Fresh Living

Parenting is a difficult road to navigate especially when there might be two parents involved who have two different styles of parenting. Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, and clinical director of Wasatch Family Therapy joined KUTV Fresh Living to talk about the Parent Trap.Family 2

Watch the interview here.

3 Things to Remember to Avoid the Parent Trap:

  • Every parent is different.
  • There is no “right” parent.
  • Come together and be unified as parents.
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Is Public Shaming Good or Bad Parenting?: KSL News

Julie Hanks, LCSW joins KSL News to discuss the newest parenting trend, public shaming.

Public shaming might not be the punishment that parents are hoping for. It may encourage bad behavior by directing attention to it. This concerning trend shames the child but doesn’t address the negative behavior. Also, it does seem concerning that parents are receiving attention for the shaming instead of focusing on the teaching of positive behavior.

Here are a couple ideas that can take the place of public shaming:

1. Focus on your relationship with your child. Use that relationship to discuss the values that matter to your family and why their behavior isn’t in line with those values.

2. Focus on positive behaviors that reinforce family values, like volunteering.

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The Sexualization of Young Girls: KUTV News

Most parents would be horrified to think of their little girl as a sexualized object in our society, but that is what “smart” marketing is doing without our conscious awareness. Watch for my tips on how to protect your children from this cultural phenomenon as well as ways parents can teach their children their individual worth, beauty, and self-esteem.

http://kutv.com/news/features/fresh-living/main/stories/vid_653.shtml

 

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Easing First Grade Jitters: Tips For Back To School

Many parents with kids entering first grade are shocked about how big this transition is for their child. They go from being in school part of the day or even part of the week in kindergarten to being in school for the full day. This is a full day without mom and dad, without the comforts of home and without knowing what to expect. Often times many first graders develop anxiety for the first couple of weeks and may exhibit some regressive behaviors during that time. Watch the video to learn some tips for helping your kids get through this transitional period.

 

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Moms With 3 Kids Most Stressed: KSL News

A recent survey on Today.com found that mothers with 3 children report the highest level of stress – more stress than moms who have 4 or more children.

KSL news reported Devan Dolan reached out to me to see why I think moms with 3 children report the most stress.


 

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Becoming a Stepfather: 3 Ways to Avoid the Creep Factor

“There’s a creep factor when all of a sudden some guy is coming into the house.” This quote by Paul Lee, a stepfather interviewed in the Salt Lake Tribune’s recent article on stepfamilies, perfectly describes the uncomfortable situation many new stepfamilies find themselves in. How do you navigate the issue of combining a group of people of different ages, genders, and genes into one family under one roof? Here are 3 tips that might help:

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