Tag - Family


Building a Foundation

Now that spring has arrived here in Michigan, many construction projects are once again underway. Land is being cleared, holes are being dug, and foundations are being laid. Each time I see a foundation being poured for a new home, school or business, it makes me think of the foundations we must lay in our …



Isn’t it amazing how sometimes patterns just emerge? This has happened to me a lot lately over the past few weeks. I have spent time during many of my consultations the past few weeks really thinking about regulatory patterns/co-regulation. Sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in the process of being or really focused …


Getting Through the Valley

By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW I’ve just returned to work after having several weeks off for maternity leave. (I have the most fabulous little boy added to my family!) Upon my return, I found that a handful of my families have entered into crisis mode. It’s a hard place to be, and my heart hurts for …


Is it enough?

Recently I had a mom ask me “Am I doing enough for my son?” She then went on to say that she didn’t feel like she could ever do enough. I am sure many parents feel that way. I had another parent say to me that even though she felt that her child was making …


Safe Cleaning With Kids

I hate to clean. There, I’ve admitted it. I love to organize and straighten and get a great sense of accomplishment from those activities. But, when it comes to really cleaning stuff, like with a scrub brush and cleaner, I hate it. Over the past couple of years I’ve read many magazine articles and seen …


So You Are Going to a New School

By: Courtney Wiersum, M.Ed. The sun is continuing to shine, and the warmer air is upon us here in Michigan. For many families, the school year is quickly coming to a close; which means that summer will arrive before we know it. Transitioning to a summer routine can be challenging for many students; but for …



As I walked past the fence surrounding the construction zone outside of the elementary school where I spend part of my time each week I noticed they were working to dig the holes for laying the new foundation today. This started me thinking about foundations in general. I spend a lot of time talking with …


Making Your Mealtimes More Palatable

By: Erin Roon, MS CCC-SLP Having a child with feeding difficulties can make mealtimes difficult for the whole family. Mealtimes can become stressful for everyone, and the entire family can come to dread sitting down to eat together. There are some simple strategies that can make eating more pleasant for everyone involved. Setting up a …


Hard Work and Time

“Nothing will work unless you do.” “All great achievements require time.” Both of these quotes are by poet and writer Maya Angelou. I find many of her quotes very inspiring, but when I read these two quotes I immediately thought of CORE Approach. When I looked at the first quote I thought about how CORE …


Spring Break Survival

Many families here is West Michigan are gearing up for spring break, which for most starts today. For those of you who are not traveling, here are a few ideas and activities to keep your kids and yourself busy and happy during spring break: ~Spring Cleaning–Have everyone help clean/organize the house. It could be fun …

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