Blogs in the Parenting Category

  • 05/25/2018 5:28 pm

    13 Reasons Why: A Toolkit for Youth, Parents, Educators, Clinicians, and Media

    Following the Netflix release of 13 Reasons Why in 2017, many mental health, suicide prevention, and education experts from around the world expressed a common concern about the series’ graphic content and portrayal of difficult issues facing youth. Resources and tools to address these concerns were quickly and widely disseminated in an effort to help parents, educators, clinical professionals and other adults engage in conversations with youth about the themes found i...

  • 01/08/2018 7:11 pm

    Strong Families/Familias Fuertes Classes Offered this Winter

    A young boy wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans is swinging on a swingset against a blue sky background. He has olive skin and dark hair and is smiling.

    It's a new year, and Strong Families/Familias Fuertes parenting classes will begin soon across Central Washington in English and Spanish! Str...

  • 09/19/2017 10:22 pm

    Strong Families Program Wins Community Foundation Grant

    Comprehensive Healthcare is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to partially fund three additional Strong Families classes in Yakima County. Strong Families is designed to support families by promoting healthy parenting skills, as well as preventing drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence...

  • 05/19/2017 6:15 pm

    New Children's Book Deals with Effects of Stress

    A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals have been through scary experiences and react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog ba...

  • 05/08/2017 3:29 pm

    13 Reasons Why: Considerations for Parents and Families

    You may have heard recently about a Netflix series titled 13 Reasons Why based on the 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher. The story centers on the suicide of the lead teenaged character Hannah Baker. Watching the series can be potentially traumatic for vulnerable teens (and adults) as wel...

  • 09/28/2016 4:46 pm

    Do's for Divorced Parents

    girl carrying brother on back 

    Navigating the challenges of parenting is difficult enough when everyone lives in the same house. When parents separate or divorce, those challenges multiply. There are a few things parents can do to ensure that children and teens cope with the stress of a changing family structure and maintain healthy bonds with both parents.

    Do love your children as m...

  • 09/22/2016 6:06 pm

    Strong Families Expands to the Tri-Cities

    mom with child pulling hood up

    This fall marks the start of both our 16th year of Strong Families, and our first-ever class in the Tri-Cities. We are so excited to partner with Vista Elementary School in Kennewick to expand this awesome program that gives participants an opportunity to meet other parents, get support and encouragement from certified facilitators, and try new approach...

  • 08/09/2016 9:08 pm

    What Does It Mean to be a Good Dad?

    family at sunset 

    What does it mean to be a good dad?

    Once it might have meant providing for and protecting your family. For a new generation of American fathers, however, the definition of what it means to be a good dad increasingly also includes washing the dishes, making dinner or taking the kids to school.

    A Today survey of 2,000 moms and dads shows that fathers are more...

  • 08/03/2016 3:45 pm

    What Movies Can Teach Us About Children & Emotions

    characters from Inside Out movie


    Children often face a rough and bumpy path through adolescence as they learn to navigate the complex world of emotions and develop the skills they need to manage and express these often intense feelings at this stage of their lives.

    Now that Pixar’s blockbuster children&rsq...

  • 04/07/2016 7:11 pm

    National Alcohol Screening Day

    April 7, 2016 is National Alcohol Screening Day.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has produced a guide for professionals who work with youth titled “Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention for Youth” (http://goo.gl/vZxINt). 

    According to this publication, 1 in 3 children starts drinking by the end o...

  • 02/26/2016 10:50 pm

    Does Spanking Really Work?



    This blog is a little different. 

    Comprehensive has several programs to help parents who may be struggling with their kids.  One of the programs is Multisystemic Therapy (MST).  You can click on this program by going through our services radio button link and then through the Evidenced Based Practices. Or just click here.

  • 11/20/2015 5:39 pm

    Unplugged Parenting

    Unplugged Parenting

    In today’s busy, fast-paced world, parents have many demands that compete for their time and attention. Because many of these demands are inevitable, like jobs and housekeeping, parents often struggle to find time to connect with their children on a regular basis. Children of all ages seek one thing from their ...

  • 08/19/2015 5:54 pm

    You Can't Spoil Your Kids with Too Much Time

    Time for kidsYou can’t spoil your kids with your time.

    Over the years I have worked with families who have struggled with trying to find a balance in meeting the day to day demands of life and helping their kids deal with behavior problems, depression, drug use, anxiety and trauma.  What I have found is we are sometimes trying to balance things that are not of equal value ...

  • 07/20/2015 5:59 pm

    A Moment for Parents

    Parenting is said to be the hardest task someone will ever undertake. It is also said that parenting is the most rewarding task we will ever undertake. Both statements are true but there are skills that can be learned that make the rewards worth all the work.

    One of these parenting skills is Special Time. It is well understood that children respond positively to positive attention. Special Time teaches that a daily structured one on one time with each child can have very posi...




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