Blogs and REsources

Back to School? Think Balance. Doctor’s Orders.

Join us for a quick and very insightful video interview with Dr. Alana Kennedy-Nasser as she shares with us how to keep kids safe as they go back to school in-person and how to keep kids developmentally “on track” as they attend school virtually.

Tips From A Teacher: Parents as partners, online enrichment and more!

What questions do you have for back to school content experts? Read on for some brilliant questions and answers from this super smart teacher mama, Lacy Cunningham, M.A.Ed.

Mental Health Matters In Our New Abnormal World – Back To School Boot Camp

Online learning can be a fun experience filled with lots of great experiences; but as humans, we were meant to interact with one another and have companionship. How can we develop ways to ensure kids stay engaged while learning in a different setting?

Preparing families who are returning to in-person learning 

This year, the normal first day of school jitters will likely be accompanied by some new concerns that we have not encountered before. Lindsey O’Sullivan, Child Life Specialist, provides guidance on how to navigate these conversations with your child.

How to Talk to Children about COVID-19 and School – Back To School Bootcamp

As we prepare for school to begin, those of us that are sending our kiddos slowly back out into the world may find ourselves explaining what has changed (again) in the last few months. Dr. Chad Brandt, a therapist who specializes in anxiety in children and teens, offers us a few guideposts for talking about the coronavirus with children.

Validation Conversation – Back To School Boot Camp

Validation means to acknowledge and sometimes normalize someone’s feelings or reactions to a specific scenario. Validation continues the conversation, creates trust, and helps children communicate their truest feelings with the adults around them. 

Sharing our disappointment with our kids about our tough back to school decisions

We should not shelter our children from our disappointment. While it is natural to have this desire, it is not a good idea to want to keep them from knowing that we, as adults, sometimes have “bad” (i.e. not the most fun) feelings.

Be My Own Valentine Challenge! #iwasmadeamasterpiece

In February we launched a reboot of our #Iwasmadeamasterpiece social media campaign from this summer with a fun valentines themed twist.

Happy Birthday A Children’s House For The Soul!

As part of our birthday surprise, A Children’s House for the Soul announced the launch of our public capital campaign to buy 1972 W. Dallas and renovate the space into the first ever community building dedicated to the social, emotional and spiritual support of children with chronic skin conditions/birthmarks and their families.

2020 Camp Reunion Recap

The 2020 Camp Dermadillo Reunion was a great success! We had more than 60 friends new and “old” come to Speedy’s Fast Track for a great day of go-kart racing, mini golf, laser tag, arcade games and more.

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