Archive | Parenting

mSpy Interviews Carrie Krawiec from the BMC

Carrie Krawiec, LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured in an interview on mSpy.com. In it, they discuss major issues affecting children today, such as video game addiction, cyberbullying, and social media, as well as some tips on recognizing harmful habits and behaviors as kids spend more and more time online. Here is […]

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How to emotionally prepare your child for college life – BMC on WXYZ

College is a major transition time for your kids – it’s the first time they’re leaving “the nest”, and are suddenly strapped with new responsibilities like managing finances and rigorous courses, and many college students report that they weren’t emotionally prepared for college. Lori Edelson, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, LMFT, and owner of the Birmingham Maple […]

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Preparing a child for kindergarten and success throughout school – BMC on The Oakland Press

Lori Edelson, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, LMFT, and owner of the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured on The Oakland Press to discuss tips for preparing your child for kindergarden, and how doing so can prepare them with useful skills that will help them throughout their school career. She notes that good habits like exposure to […]

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How to Handle Parents Who Behave Poorly at Kids’ Sporting Events – BMC on Michigan Mom Living

Daniel P. O’Neil, MA, LLP at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured on Michigan Mom Living to explain tactics for dealing with bad behavior from kids sporting events…not from the kids, but from the parents. Daniel describes the increase in competitiveness and elite, “winning is everything” attitudes that are taking over kids’ recreational sports, […]

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Keep your child learning during summer – BMC on 2wired2tired

Carrie Krawiec, licensed LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently tapped by blog 2wired2tired for advice on how to keep children stimulated and learning in the summer.  Read the article she wrote below! While the absence of chaotic mornings and hectic school schedules can be a relief for both parents and kids, research shows […]

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Men Can Suffer From Postpartum Depression Too

BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ News Radio 950 about postpartum depression in fathers. She explained that men typically will see onset at about 3 to 6 months after the birth of the baby, and that it’s more common in first time fathers.  Symptoms can include anxiety, loss of interest […]

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Tips for Handling Coach Criticism

BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with WWJ-AM News Radio’s Dr. Deanna Lites about the “dos and don’ts” for parents when handling criticism their child received from a coach. Edelson offered tips on how much parental involvement is needed, and provided ways in which parents can more fully engage in a conversation with their child. Click […]

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The Experts Weigh in on Essential Parenting Skills

  From Momoandme.com: Parenting skills are the corner stone of building a wonderful parent-child relationship. For parenting tips, being consistent, praising when necessary,and holding your kids accountable are great tips to have as a parent. The most important parenting skill I’ve found is to let them follow their passions, do it their way and fail […]

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How to Move Past Your Parents Mistakes and Stop Blaming Them for Everything

From EverydayPowerBlog.com: You have the power to learn and grow from your parent’s mistakes…if that’s what you want to call them… there is no perfect parent and lots of conflicting opinions about parenting… but nonetheless people  seem to  feel the best about their childhood when their parent’s choices, behavior, personality seemed to be a good […]

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All About Positive Parenting

From Rebecca Desfosse at Care.com: It’s the ultimate parenting test: Your child throws a first-class meltdown in the middle of the supermarket. Do you threaten, coerce and dole out punishments? Or, do you respond with empathy, love and kindness? If you abide more by the latter, you just might be a positive parent. According to […]

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Image Captures Pain and Joy of IVF

From Genevieve Shaw Brown of abcnews.com:  If there was ever a photo that perfectly depicted the pain and joy of IVF, this may well be it. The photo, shared on the Sher Institutes Facebook page, “shows the true definition of love that went into making this gorgeous new baby girl.” In it, the baby is […]

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Tips for Parents of Kindergarteners

A parent expert from Birmingham Maple Clinic appeared on Fox 2 Detroit with Jessica Starr’s Parent2Parent segment to give tips on sending children to school for the first time. Since back to school may give rise to some separation anxiety and worry, Carrie Krawiec, LMFT offered some suggestions to help parents set their children up […]

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Managing Back to School Anxiety

The first day of school is right around the corner and while some kids and parents are excited, many families may be dealing with anxiety and anticipation for the upcoming year. Back to School Anxiety can impact kids and adults of all age and grade levels. Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist Carrie Krawiec appeared with Erin […]

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Tips for Managing Back to School Anxiety

August has begun, “Back to School” commercials buzz on the TV, and the last long slow “Sunday night” before school is among us. Parents of kindergarteners are getting ready for their children to take the first steps of their educational process, much like their little ones actual “first steps” cause anxiety and excitement for parent […]

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Signs You May Be Too Strict a Parent

Parenting should be based on the child’s chronological age–that is how old they are, their emotional age–that is how old they act and previous experiences with that particular child. If a parent is treating a child younger than they are, younger than they act or out of sync with thechild’s history of behavior and trustworthiness then the parent […]

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Therapy Can Lay the Groundwork for Improved Parent-Child Relationship After Divorce

BMC therapist Julie Balow writes about the importance of both parents making custody and visitation work in the aftermath of divorce.  Recently, an Oakland County family court judge ordered three minor children to a juvenile detention facility for refusing to visit with their father. The reason this case is making local and national headlines is […]

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Helping Your Children Cope with Divorce

Often following a significant break up, like last week’s divorce announcement by Hollywood power couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, a common question is “What to tell kids during a break up?” Birmingham Maple Clinic Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Carrie Krawiec, compiled a few pointers for parents. 1) Do not assume it’s a “one […]

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Managing Back to School Anxiety

While it may feel like summer has just begun the end of this glorious season is always right around the corner and soon you will see back to school clothes on mall shelves. While the transition back to school is probably stressful for you there is a chance that your child or teen worries excessively […]

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Tips on Easing Summer Camp Anxiety

Birmingham Maple Clinic Director and Licensed Social Worker, Lori Edelson appeared on WXYZ 20 News and WDIV Detroit to discuss Camp Anxiety. Lori gave tips on how both children and parents can reduce stress to sail kids off to camp smoothly. Important points punctuated by Lori: 1) Manage Expectations Help kids get familiar with camp […]

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Students Can Feel Overwhelmed by College Pressures

UPenn freshman Madison Holleran seemed to have it all. Bright, athletic, with many friends, Madison in fact struggled with the pressures of balancing her social, academic, and sporting commitments. From the outside, her social media profiles belied the reality, but things weren’t as perfect as they seemed. To learn more about Madison’s story, watch the video below.

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“Perfectionism” and the Importance of Process

In this blog article, Birmingham Clinic therapist Dina Berdy discusses the problem of “perfectionism”, why it’s prevalent, and how to help your child have a more realistic outlook. The problem of perfectionism appears more pervasive among girls and women however it’s my observation that this problem is becoming more prevalent with boys and men as […]

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Help Your Teen Get a Good Night’s Rest

Researchers funded by the Child Development and Behavior Branch of National Institute of Health have analyzed data on sleep patterns, emotional distress, and academic functioning of 2700 adolescents from grades 7 to 12 and found that students who stay up later than 11:15 on school nights perform worse in school and have greater emotional distress […]

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Watch Dan O’Neil Discuss Teen Sexting on Local 4 News

Birmingham Maple Clinic works closely with parents, schools, physicians, government agencies and the media to help them deal effectively with the many issues facing today’s teenagers.One such issue is Teenage Sexting. Teenage Sexting is the practice of teens sending pics, videos and texts containing nudity or other sexual material to other teens. The most frequent […]

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Help Your Children Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions

Carrie Krawiec is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, MI and executive director of Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in helping families create adaptive routines and problem solve. As 2014 winds down, Carrie hears from many people seeking assistance in setting, and sticking to, New […]

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Holiday Travel Tips: A Guide for Parents

Last year AAA projected 43.4 Americans would be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They estimated about 90% of travelers, or 39 million, would be traveling by car 50 miles or more. If you are the parent of school age children and are going to be stuck in the car together for a great distance […]

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Lawnmower Parenting: Clearing a Path for Kids Can Lead to a Bumpy Ride

We’re all familiar with the term Helicopter Parent–those parents that hover over their children constantly fussing and worrying. 
”Lawnmower parents” are the newest and most aggressive breed of helicopter parent. The term refers to those who “clear a path” for their kid, smoothing over any rough patches before their kids even encounter them. These are […]

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Teen Sexting: Information for Parents

On Friday October 17, 2014, Dan O’Neil, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, spoke with WJR’s Paul W. Smith on the topic of sexting. This interview addressed growing parent concern following the recent legal issues plaguing hundreds of teens in two metro-Detroit communities. Sexting, the act of sending sexually explicit messages, primarily between mobile phones, differs from […]

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Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

Dozens of students at three Metro-Detroit schools are facing felony charges after circulating nude photos on their phones. Students at Rochester Adams High School and Van Hoosen Middle School in Rochester Hills and Romeo Sr. High in Romeo, MI are under investigation for “sexting” – photographing, sharing or possessing underage images on their cell phones. These […]

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How to Tell When Your Child Needs a Tutor

We are living in an age dominated by technology, two working parents , cuts in educational funding, and government determined educational standards.  Educators are overwhelmed, and time for one on one communication with students has diminished.  Need for a tutor is evident when a child expresses frustration about one or more subjects in school, refuses […]

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New at Birmingham Maple Clinic: Homework Help

The Birmingham Maple Clinic helps families and children with all aspects of mental health, and part of that is the mental growth of your children.  To further that mission, we are pleased to offer weekly drop-in homework sessions to assist your child with schoolwork in a productive group setting.  The sessions will take place on Monday evenings […]

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Family Meals Spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S!

Last week we blogged about research published in JAMA Pediatrics that found teens eating dinner with their families reduced the effects of cyber bullying. The data indicates that when there are no family dinners, there’s an increase in the rates of problems with cyber bullying.  Four or more family dinners a week, however, resulted in […]

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Katy Perry Tickets & Good Parenting: Lessons to be Learned

North Dakota mother, Cindy Bjerke garnered oodles of online attention when she posted her daughter’s Katy Perry tickets for sale online as a consequence and called her 18-year-old daughter “a spoiled brat.”  While some commended her courage and consistency to follow through with a significant consequence others condemned her for publicly shaming her daughter and […]

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