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Karen .. Healthy Living Professional

Boulder, Colorado
I'm a parenting consultant in private practice near Boulder, CO, and I offer consultations by... Full Bio
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Joint Custody: When Your Ex Talks Unfairly About You To Others by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dear Karen -  My ex tells our daughter's teacher, doctor and her friends' parents things that aren't true about me. How and at what point should I defend myself against th ... Read on »
What teachers know but can't say ... by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A touching perspective from a teacher about THAT kid -- the one your child talks about every day after school who smells bad or pushes other kids or is disruptive in class ... Read on »
The Trouble with Time Out by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Before I begin, please understand that I believe time out is a major improvement over spanking and physical punishment. There's much to celebrate when a culture stops inte ... Read on »
Nothing we do makes a dent in these troubling behaviors of our three year old by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Here are some of the troubling behaviors of our three year old son:  - head butts walls and anything hard - eats weird things like fluff and string - steals lighters and s ... Read on »
Assume that helping your child with his homework improves his grades? Think again! by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Just read a fascinating article in the New York Times about parental involvement. You might think it's a no-brainer that the more involved the parent, the better the kid's s ... Read on »
what kids really need from their parents after a divorce by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting spoiler alert:  It's NOT an exact 50/50 split of overnights I witness many parents fighting tooth and nail for 50/50 parenting time; investing tremendous amounts of time, e ... Read on »
tip for divorce/joint custody mediation by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting During high conflict mediations, it can be tempting to point out how unreasonable, wrong, misguided or irrational the other party is being. The risk of doing so is two-fol ... Read on »
the lastest science about the teenage brain by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Dan Siegel, author of the excellent parenting book Parenting from the Inside Out, has recently published a new book about the teenage brain: Brainstorm. I just listened to ... Read on »
great article about weight issues in preteen girls by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting by Dr. Laura Markam at www.ahaparenting.com http://www.ahaparenting.com/ask-the-doctor-1/weight-issues-in-pre-teen-girls For more information about Karen's parenting or i ... Read on »
your baby cries in order to communicate - please don't ignore her by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I would love to see this article by a psychology professor at Notre Dame given to every new parent -- will you help me pass it along? There's a biological reason why crying ... Read on »
What's wrong with tickling my child, and what should I do instead? by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting You said in your last post not to tickle. Why? I tickle my child just a little bit and she seems to like it -- she even asks for it! There are lots of different lines of t ... Read on »
My child is hyper and revved up in the evenings. How do I get him to settle down for bedtime? by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My son gets so squirrelly in the evenings that he just can't seem to settle down at bedtime. We've tried music, stories, warm baths with lavender, massage, calming teas, and ... Read on »
six powerful words for parents by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting  this article really gets it right: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/six-words-you-should-say-today_b_3863643.html For more information about Karen's p ... Read on »
What NOT to say if your elementary-age child experiments with stealing (and what to say instead) by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Your child stole something and you found out. You are simultaneously embarrassed, shocked, and worried that you've failed to install a sense of morality in your child. It s ... Read on »
How can I make my daughter's father see that he is hurting her feelings? by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I am so worried about my 18 year old daughter. Her dad and I split up when she was a toddler, and she does not have a good relationship with him at all. He criticizes her of ... Read on »
How do I help my teenage daughter deal with mean girls? by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting When I hear about some of the things these girls are doing and saying to each other, my blood just boils! I know I can't call their mothers or confront them myself, but what ... Read on »
How do I instill a strong work ethic in my teenage son? by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My 13 year old son is one of those kids that is content with getting B's in school, because he feels it's "good enough". He can get straight A's easily and did so this year, ... Read on »
Joint Custody: How to Answer Your Child's Questions about Parental Conflict or Disagreements by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Most children of divorce are well aware when conflict is going on between their co-parents, even if they have no idea what it's about and you've taken great pains to protect ... Read on »
connection builds intelligence by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I highly recommend this resource from Hand in Hand Parenting about emotional outbursts, tantrums, and the important role parents play in the development of their child's bra ... Read on »
it's impossible to talk to your baby too much by Karen .. Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting From the minute my babies were born, they heard me constantly narrating every single thing that was happening -- sometimes people even make fun of me for it when they watc ... Read on »