Erica Tatum-Sheade

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Erica is a licensed child and adolescent therapist and Certified Daring Way Facilitator practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the creator of G.E.M.S. (Girls Empowered, Motivated, and Strong) an 8-week girls group focused on helping girls age 8-18 develop their best sense of self. She is a mother of three amazing children, two fur babies, and a baby tortoise.
infant mental health

Infant Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know

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Birth to age five is considered one of the most critical times in childhood. During this period, children experience the fastest levels of brain development, create the connections needed for empathy, learn social skills...
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The Power of Saying No

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Hello, my name is Erica and I say “yes” a lot.  I’m a natural helper, and I chose a career that involved helping because it called to me.  I’m the first to volunteer and...
MLK Day

Ways to Honor MLK Day Around The Valley

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been a federal holiday and recognized as a National Day of Service since it was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983. MLK Day has been observed...
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A Turkey On the Table: A Lesson in Gratitude

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Hello, my name is Erica and I absolutely LOVE the holidays. The holidays have always been a special time filled with family, laughter, and (most importantly) good food, which has always been associated with...
child's D

Why I’m Proud of My Child’s D: So Much More than a Grade

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Why I’m Proud of my Child’s D As my husband and I were sitting at an appointment, I received the alert announcing “report cards are now available.”  I immediately turned to him and said, “should...
loving day

What Loving Day Means To Me: June 12

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In 1967, decades before I was born, I received the most incredible wedding gift from two total strangers. They didn’t know that they were giving one of the greatest gifts I would receive, and little...
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It’s Time To Play Again!

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It’s time to play again! A recent study found that the average American child spends 4-7 minutes a day in unstructured play, versus seven hours of screen time. As more and more schools cut recess...
Michelle and Hair

Let’s Talk Hair Care: Interview with Michelle Anderson

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A mother of 6, a wife, and a thriving business owner changing the hair industry in Arizona one client at a time.  The above is the perfect synopsis of Michelle Anderson, owner of “Michelle...
love language

Using Your Child’s Love Language to Create A Stronger Bond

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One of the constant questions many of us ask ourselves as parents is, “Am I doing enough to make sure my child is happy?” We often wonder if we are providing the foundation they...