Kristin Hiemstra

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

The next two weeks’ Art of Potential radio shows are on raising emotionally healthy children. My guests include Nadia Vasu, LCSW, and Melanie Butler-Williams, a current principal and former school counselor. The reason this topic is so near and dear to me is because, as a school counselor, I see the results of children who struggle with emotional health every day in my office. First, let’s talk about what emotional health is: it is the ability to identify, name and handle our own emotions as well as read, name and understand the emotions of others. “Handling” our emotions can...

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Three Steps To Unleash Your Awesomeness!

If you are like every other human on the planet, you have not yet figured out how to get younger. Until that changes, we are all subject to time. Time, well… it’s a beast. It keeps going no matter how much we protest, and it is a TERRIBLE task master. You can lose track of it, and before you know it, whole years have flown by and all those dreams you’ve had are still just that… dreams. There they are – floating around in your head anchored to nothing. “One day,” you think, “I will…” This is where goals...

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A Parent’s Guide To College Applications

“Parents need to be aware of how drastically the process has changed since we were applying to colleges.” says Christy Schmidt, mother of three college-aged students. For over a decade I have worked with families navigating the admissions gauntlet and agree completely. It has changed and here are a few tips that can help this process go smoothly for everyone involved. Pick good matching colleges Picking a good college match is both an art and a science: The art part of picking a match has to do with the school’s personality, character, and academic offerings. Kim Cullen, mother of...

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Beating Procrastination

I’m one of those people who is really good at getting inconsequential crap done especially when the important stuff is looming out there. Need to write an article on college admissions? Well, I absolutely must go buy a mustard yellow jacket like the one I saw on Pinterest. It will take hours to find one…and of course, it must be on sale which means it is an all day expedition. Need to sign up for a retirement plan? Well the kitchen must be cleaned ahead of time because no one can think about money when the kitchen is a...

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Parenting Tweens

Well yesterday was payday, so today I spent my day in the mall while my daughter went back-to-school shopping. She has been waiting for this moment since August 1st rolled around and all the catalogs began showing the newest fashions. She understands that August is not a good financial month for educators on 11 month contracts and patiently bided her time. While she was waiting I had the opportunity to think about how I wanted to approach this shopping season. As luck would have it my Allure magazine arrived featuring Jennifer Garner Affleck, the quintessential girl next door. Her...

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3 Tips for Raising Awesome Kids

It happens. You walk into a room and it appears all hell has broken loose. Chips have been crushed and ground into every piece of carpeting and furniture. Your walls have been colored on and the wet stain on the cushion was not likely left there by the dog. “Junior!!!!!!” you yell so loud that Fido runs cowering into the corner while Junior dives under the bed to avoid detection. Mind you this is a completely different experience than you had imagined when Junior made his debut into the world. In your imagination, Junior was the perfect child wearing...

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10 Tips for Homework Motivation

For the Kid Who Hates Homework: 10 Tips Worth Trying Not surprisingly, there are many young people out there in the world who do not get excited about doing homework. This reaction is quite understandable since none of us adults like having to do homework either. For many this is truly a frustrating situation. Since the school can’t make kids do their homework it naturally falls onto the shoulders of the people at “home” — aka the parents. These are the same parents who have a hard time getting said child out the door to catch the bus and...

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