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Amanda Gardner

Amanda hails from Western New York, but left the snow in search of sunnier places. She landed in North Carolina, where she is a practicing School Psychologist, wife to a United Methodist pastor, and mom to two elementary-aged boys. Outside of office-hours, she can be found puttering around with a half-full mug of coffee in her hand, attempting to practice yoga, reading, tinkering and crafting, or embarrassing her boys by randomly bursting out in song. With any free moments left after that, she's writing about it. Connect with her at Blog: http://fit-2-be-loved.blogspot.com and Instagram: @gardner812 !

A School Psychologist’s Role in Helping Your Child

It’s that time of year again. That time when camps end, pools are closed, and our kids squeeze their sun-kissed skin into new shirts and jeans, pack up their fresh school supplies into crisp, unstained (as of yet) book bags, and we as parents lament (or rejoice) the beginning of a new school year.

For some kids, the beginning of school is exciting – a time to rejoin with old friends and make new ones, and continue their progress in their own coming-of-age stories. For some kids, however, (and parents too) the start of school is an anxiety-producing event. This can be especially true when your child struggles.

Schools are set up with a system of supports designed to help those children who struggle. Among those supports is a School Psychologist. However, even with supports in place, many parents are still very much in the dark as to what they can do to access available resources. Here’s a quick run-down on one resource parents can tap into today: your friendly neighborhood School Psychologist.

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AN EXHAUSTED PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

Parenting is tough. Feeding, clothing, nurturing, and providing shelter for the tiny life (or lives) in your care is a daunting task, and today’s expectations seem to be piling on so much more.

Is your child delayed? Is your child gifted? (And what are you doing about it?) Could his hyperactivity be indicative of gluten allergy, is it a sign of an attention problem, or is it just NORMAL? What sports/music lessons/martial arts/pottery classes is your kid signed up for this season? And how does your play date schedule match up with the other moms’ in the school car line – you know, the ones with the freshly manicured nails that are NOT wearing the same pair of yoga pants to pick-up for the third day in a row?

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