Posts Tagged: Communication

Resources to Discuss Race With Your Child

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At what age is it appropriate to start talking to your kids about race and racism? According to the educators and counselors, it is never too early to start the conversation. Here are 10 Tips For Talking & Teaching Your Kids About Race, From MomsRising.org 1) Start early. By 6 months of age babies are […]

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Stonewalling

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We have all been there when arguing with our partner, it typically occurs at the end of the whole fiasco… Blank facial expressions, silent stares, or walking out of the room are all examples of stonewalling. The term stonewalling refers to the act of turning away from the discussion, (or person) due to a lack […]

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Why Your Kids Should Be Allowed To Tell You No Sometimes

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One of the skills I end up having to teach almost all the kids I work with, no matter their presenting problem, is assertiveness. An anxious child may be too afraid to express how they feel and be passive in uncomfortable situations. A child with big emotions may also feel afraid to express how they […]

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What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

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What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)? Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These skills pave the way for positive life experiences. When these […]

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The Poverty of Pity

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As someone who holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I’m very aware of how tricky words can be. For instance, pity is often used synonymously with the term compassion, but the two couldn’t be any more different.  Compassion is what keeps the counseling profession alive while pity kills friendships, marriages, families, and communities. Having […]

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More than a “Bad Mood”: Identifying Teenage Depression

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Adolescence is riddled with changes, being a teen means wrestling with identity, self-image, belonging, and much more. There are constant transitions which can be confusing and difficult for parents and teens to navigate. We know another contributing factor is that biologically there is an increase in hormones due to puberty that can also lead to […]

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Video Games – How Much is Too Much?

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We have all seen the rise and fall of trends in play in our children: slime, fidget spinners, and more, but what seems to stick around are video games. These games stick around because there is always something new to engage in and “get to the next level”. On one hand video games can be […]

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Practice Gratitude to Protect Marriage

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The guaranteed stresses of life cause high emotional intensity between marriage partners that often lead to hurtful exchanges. These hurtful exchanges can, unfortunately, lead to a gridlock of anger and disconnection.  So, how do marriages last and thrive when life is not always easy? In countless research studies, it has been found that the difference […]

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5 Tips for Improving Your Child’s Sleep Hygiene

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It’s common knowledge that children need plenty of sleep. Depending on their age, most children need anywhere between 9 and 13 hours of sleep in order to be at their best. While children sleep, their brains are actively sorting through and storing the information they learned that day and their bodies are growing. Children who […]

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