Dona Matthews Ph.D.

What Does it Mean to Be a Good-Enough Parent?

By |2020-11-13T21:00:38-08:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , |

What Does it Mean to Be a Good-Enough Parent?

Ten recommendations for being a better parent by worrying less, and enjoying yourself and your family more.

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Daycare: Less and Later Is Better, But Family Matters Most

By |2020-11-07T09:26:22-08:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , , |

Daycare: Less and Later Is Better, But Family Matters Most

How does daycare affect children’s development? A deeper dig into the research, identifying problems and benefits of daycare quality and quantity, with recommendations for parents.

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Setting up a Learning Zone for Pandemic Schooling at Home

By |2020-10-15T09:27:12-07:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , , |

Setting up a Learning Zone for Pandemic Schooling at Home

If your child is learning at home during the pandemic, help them set up a space conducive to learning. And if it just doesn’t work, here are some thoughts on coping with that.

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How to Encourage Your Teen to Follow COVID-19 Guidelines

By |2020-09-13T13:14:46-07:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Behavioral Health, cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma, Youth Tips|Tags: , |

How to Encourage Your Teen to Follow COVID-19 Guidelines

Friends are urgently important to your teen. No wonder they find it so hard to socially distance and wear a mask. Here are ten suggestions for helping them—and you—stay safe.

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Making Wise Decisions as a Novel School Year Begins

By |2020-09-10T13:49:28-07:00August 26th, 2020|Categories: Behavioral Health, cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , |

Making Wise Decisions as a Novel School Year Begins

Here are some risk reduction factors to consider in pandemic school decision-making, and suggestions for making it through this school year as healthy and happy as possible.

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What to Tell a Child Who’s Starting Kindergarten, Fall, 2020

By |2020-06-12T09:39:07-07:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Behavioral Health, cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , , |

What to Tell a Child Who’s Starting Kindergarten, Fall, 2020

With all the unknowns right now, it’s more important than ever to start talking early with your child about what they’ll be experiencing when school resumes in the fall.

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Chores Can Help with Coping and Resilience

By |2020-05-14T05:31:21-07:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Behavioral Health, cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma, Youth Tips|Tags: , |

Chores Can Help with Coping and Resilience

Kids feel better about themselves when they see themselves making a valuable contribution to their families. This is more important than ever in stressful times, like pandemics.

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Why Mindfulness for Parents Matters More Now More Than Ever

By |2020-04-22T01:31:24-07:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma, Youth Tips|Tags: , |

Why Mindfulness for Parents Matters More Now More Than Ever

Everyone is feeling stressed right now, including children. Simple mindfulness practices can make the difference between soothing your child, and ramping up their stress level.

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Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids

By |2020-03-03T13:41:15-08:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Nutrition, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , |

Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids

A review of a practical and helpful resource: Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids, edited by Kathleen Nilles, Jennifer Jolly, Tracy Ford Inman, and Joan Franklin Smutny.

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Friendships: Why They Matter and How to Help Them Go Better

By |2020-01-23T13:29:39-08:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: cfgctips, Crisis, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Exercise, Health Information, Information, Inspiration, Medication, Parenting Tips, Resources, Trauma|Tags: , |

Friendships: Why They Matter and How to Help Them Go Better

Your child needs friends if they’re going to become their happiest and best self. Here are 8 ideas if friendships are causing more problems than joy in your child’s life.

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