Raising Healthy, Happy Kids

Your life changes drastically after having a child.

5 Reasons Why Parenting Is A Lifelong Commitment

By Lianne Avila | September 25, 2017

No matter what, you are always going to worry about your children. Even after they are grown and out of the house. Once a parent, always a parent. I’m sure if you have a child, then you know your life changes drastically after a child. Of course, when your children are young they need you. They also cherish you. You are their world. But, at they get older they still need you, just in a different way. They also don’t like to admit that they always need you. Parenting is no easy job, and needs to be taken seriously. You...

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This article is for single parents raising a child. You aren't alone.

6 Tips For Single Parents Raising A Child

By Lianne Avila | September 8, 2017

Just because you are single, doesn’t mean that you and your child can’t flourish. Think of all the single parents raising a child out there. Which ones do you admire? Make a list and keep it by your side. The next time you are feeling down, pull it out. This will help make you feel better, and know that you are not alone. I have a lot of respect for single parents. You really have mastered the art of multitasking. There aren’t many people that can say that. I know it’s not always easy. Try not to be too hard...

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How Parents Can Help A Depressed Teenager

By Lianne Avila | September 3, 2017

Teens are being pushed more than ever these days. As a parent, you may feel you don’t understand your teenager. You can’ figure out why they are depressed. You have tried to give them everything you didn’t have at their age. So, the question is why are they depressed? Is it chemical? If so, what does that mean? Is it the environment? Are they under a lot of stress? Depression can be complex. There can be many different reasons for it. This means that there is more than one treatment for it. You are not a Psychiatrist. If your teenager...

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How To Teach Your Kids To Have Empathy

By Lianne Avila | August 10, 2017

You want to raise your child to care about others. But, you feel there are many obstacles in the way. Look at what is happening in the world today. You just aren’t sure what to do. If you feel this way, you feel the same way many parents do these days. The good news is there is hope. With a little hard work, you can raise your child to care about others. Here are 6 tips to teach your kids to have empathy: Celebrate your children’s differences. If you have more than one child, then I am sure you are...

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Which Parenting Style Is Best For Raising Healthy, Happy Kids?

By Lianne Avila | July 17, 2017

We all know that when you have a child, everything changes. I know you have always wanted a child, but you probably didn’t know what you were in for. Yes, you are in this for life. There is no turning back. The good news is you have a wonderful child, they will love you for life. You will go through ups and downs. But, you will get through it. It may not turn out how you expected, but that is alright. When you have a child you have a dream. The best thing, is to be flexible. Let things happen....

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6 Tips For Raising A Happy Child

By Lianne Avila | July 6, 2017

You want your child to be happy. Now, we know the definition of happiness varies. It’s easy to define happiness by how much money or material things you have. I always say, you can’t define happiness by your bank account. But, society tells us something different. You need a new car or those new jeans. I have found that what children want most is your time. Maybe it’s cliche, but you really can’t buy love. After working with children in my practice for 14 years. I have found that the root of anxiety in a child, often comes from their...

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What To Do If What Makes Your Child Happy Makes You Sad

By Lianne Avila | June 20, 2017

Everybody wants to make their children happy. But, trying to make your children happy all the time is a bust. Nobody is happy all the time. You don’t want to teach your child that they must feel happy all the time. It’s easy to make that mistake. You want your child to have all of the things you didn’t have growing up. This will give them a false sense of security and will backfire. You and your child don’t have to agree on everything. If you have been a parent for a while, then you may already know this. You...

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7 Reasons Taking Care Of Yourself First Is Best For Your Kids

By Lianne Avila | May 25, 2017

“It’s your life; live it well.” Judge Judy Sheindlin I’m sure you’ve heard about self-care. We’ve all heard about putting our oxygen mask on first when on an airplane and it starts to go down. And, we know the reason why. You can’t take care of anyone else unless you have taken care of yourself first. So, the question is, why aren’t you taking care of yourself? It’s a rather simplistic idea. We live in a fast paced society, and nobody want to slow down. You are told you must have more or do more. It’s never enough, has become...

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How To Raise A Happy Child As A Single Parent

By Lianne Avila | May 22, 2017

Single parents and their kids can flourish. This is nothing new. There are lots of single parents out there, that are doing well. Think of people you know, both famous and not so famous, that are flourishing as a single parent. One that comes to mind for me is President Obama. He was raised by a single mom and grandparents. Being a single parent is stressful. You don’t have to go through it alone. It’s important to reach out to friends and family for help, when you need it. The good news is you aren’t alone. One out of four...

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7 Tips For Raising A Healthy Child

By Lianne Avila | May 8, 2017

Now, who doesn’t want to raise a healthy child? All of the parents I have seen, want their children to be healthy and happy. Sounds simple, or does it? When you have a child, you have a dream. You have a picture of what life will be like for you, and your family. After a while, reality sets in. You realize, the dream has changed. You need to make sure the baby is fed, has a clean diaper and enough rest. This goes on for a while. The next thing you know, your child is running around the house. It’s...

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