Tue, 01/24/2012 - 22:39 — amywickstrom
A quick and easy way to teach your child about hunger, poverty, and the importance of giving
I’ve mentioned a charity called “Souper Bowl for Caring” in the past, but I’m going to mention it again b/c it offers a great way to use the upcoming Super Bowl to teach your children about hunger, poverty, and giving.
Tue, 01/03/2012 - 23:07 — amywickstrom
Can you imagine life without your worst fear??
Most children worry. A fun and easy way to help them process their fears and anxieties is a magazine collage, which takes virtually no time or preparation!
How to do it:
1) Collect magazines lying around your house, glue and/or tape, scissors, and a piece of plain paper.
Tue, 12/27/2011 - 23:06 — amywickstrom
2 Easy Ways to Make Your Child’s Christmas Gifts go the Extra Mile
Though the number of children living in poverty in the United States is on the rise, there are countless kids who received an abundance of gifts for Christmas. If you would like to make your child’s gifts stretch, there are two easy ways to do so.
Wed, 12/07/2011 - 00:29 — amywickstrom
3 ways to make the holidays special for your family
I’m not one bit surprised that one of the primary mental health problems in our country is anxiety, and I cant help but to wonder if the month of December witnesses a significant spike it. Christmas comes with so many expectations. In fact, there is so much “hype” for this time of year, that it’s easy to get lost in it.
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 23:57 — amywickstrom
The Traveling Toy Bag… Off to the Dominican Republic!
Though traveling used to be an enormous part of my life, I haven’t been overseas since I had my children. That’s why yesterday was so significant. I booked a flight for the Dominican Republic, and to say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m thrilled.
I’m going with Children of the Nations (COTN), a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to serving impoverished children in Haiti, “the DR”, and Africa.
Wed, 11/09/2011 - 04:27 — amywickstrom
Using Simple Crafts to Teach Gratitude in Kids
Cultivating a grateful heart in your child can be a big challenge in the age of cell phones, ipods, gameboys, and constant eating out. Many people nowadays go to sleep in their own home, pick one of several outfits to wear each morning, enjoy a steaming cup of coffee, and climb in their car to go one of many places.
Wed, 10/26/2011 - 03:33 — amywickstrom
Top Halloween Toys for Your Child
Halloween is a great time of year for play therapists because many of the toys we use in our office can easily be found at reasonable prices in many stores. If you are interested in building your child’s toy box with things they can use for their social and emotional development, this is a great time of year to do it.
Tue, 10/04/2011 - 22:06 — amywickstrom
How to Show Your Child Affection in 10 Seconds or Less
Have you ever heard of a sandwich kiss? It’s the kind of kiss your kids will love, especially if they are boys. Sandwich kisses offer parents a fun and easy way to show their children affection in just a few seconds. Whether you’re passing them in the hallway or putting them to bed, a sandwich kiss is something they will be sure to enjoy.