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Joanna Hardis

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Joanna Hardis, LISW, is a cognitive behavioral therapist in Shaker Heights, Ohio, focused on helping parents with the hardest job on earth. A mother of three herself, Joanna combines years of everyday parenting experience with professional training in the areas of anxiety; changing family dynamics, such as divorce; and obsessive-compulsive and eating disorders all in an effort to support, coach and empower parents of behaviorally challenging kids (which is pretty much all of them, right?). Joanna earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in New York and a master’s degree from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University.

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Dating Post-Divorce: Navigating the Online Scene

Parenting

Welcome to the month of love. Last month, I wrote about not being seduced by January’s messages, one of which is that you need to be coupled. You don’t.

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Help Your Child Recognize and Overcome Panic Attacks

kids and panic attacks
2019 Editions Ages & Stages February 2019 Magazine Parenting Worth Noting

When my now 18-year-old daughter was in the first grade, her teacher called me to say, “Your daughter’s having a panic attack about riding the bus home.” I can still

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Don’t be Seduced by January’s Messages

Joanna Hardis, Cleveland, Ohio
Health Parenting

As I write this, I’m bracing for the onslaught of January ads, each one trying to speak over the other promoting self improvement: schemes, coupons, Groupons, gadgets and apps to

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Winter Break with the Kids: Taking Care of You in 5 Steps

Featured Health Parenting
Ah, December. Just when you have your get-the-kids-to-school routine down, they come home for winter break. Here are five simple self-care steps to consider for the next couple weeks. ...
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: What Parents Need to Know

2018 Editions December 2018 Magazine Parenting Special Needs

Have you ever checked the door twice to make sure it’s locked? Or doubled back home to ensure you did in fact turn off the stove? Perhaps you see some

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Holiday Survival Guide for the Newly Divorced

Health Parenting

Happy holidays! Right? Maybe not. For a newly divorced parent, the holidays might not be so happy after all. I can relate. No matter how many years I’ve been divorced,

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7 Tips for Kids with Halloween Fright

Halloween events for kids in Cleveland, Ohio
Ages & Stages Featured Parenting

While Halloween fun centers around being scared, for some kids, it’s all too real. Some worry is normal, of course, but we don’t want thoughts of goblins and zombies keeping

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The Secret to a Successful School Drop-Off

Ages & Stages Education Parenting

It’s that time of year again! Kids are back in school. Whether you’re dropping your child off for the first time or the seventh, the back-to-school anxiety can be overwhelming.

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When Anxiety is the Real School Bully: a Therapist’s Advice on Child Anxiety

Kids and anxiety in Ohio
Ages & Stages Featured Parenting

If your child experienced a lot of anxiety at school last year, but felt much better over summer, don’t plan to homeschool just yet. In many cases, school isn’t the

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Why It’s Not Always Fine to Say ‘You’ll Be Fine’ to an Anxious Child

Child therapists in Cleveland, Ohio
Ages & Stages Featured Health Parenting
Parents of anxious children often need to adjust their approach and choose their words wisely when it comes to alleviating anxieties. Find out some supportive methods of communication that will help your child eventually learn to cope with anxiety on their own. ...
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