Posts Tagged: Parent-Child Relationships

What to Do When Feeling Defensive

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Defensiveness is a factor dealt with in many relationships, whether it be constant trouble or a road block you encounter every now and then. We see defensiveness when we try to talk to someone about our feelings, experience, or opinions and feel an almost immediate wall built between us or accusation thrown back at us. […]

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Gaining Connection with Your Child

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We are all busy, let’s face it. As adults we are working, parenting, and squeezing in “adult time”; and children are studying in school, doing activities after school, and playing with friends. With our busy schedules, we feel guilt or anxiety of continually choosing these activities over spending quality time as a family. But don’t […]

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Kids Know Technology, Parents Know Relationships

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Let’s face it, technology can be daunting, especially for those of us who did not earn a degree in computer science or some other technology related field. Technology is everywhere and encompasses a wide range of activities we engage in, as individuals and families, from communication and connection to learning and having fun. In today’s […]

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Handling Big Emotions and Helping Your Child Calm Down

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Every child is different, and that includes their reactions to things. You may see that your child has a different reaction to their siblings, peers, or cousins. That is ok, some children just feel things more intensely than others. This may look like they have a more difficult time returning to calm when they are […]

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Teaching Your Child About Emotions

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For the younger children and teenagers, emotions can be very confusing. At any given time, things and circumstances around us change, which sometimes makes us feel different. As many would say; emotions are like rollercoasters going up and down, filled with many twists and turns. Since our feelings tend to change moment by moment, it […]

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Mom Just Listen to Me!

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Sometimes we don’t feel like our parents listen to what we’re trying to say. That can be extremely frustrating and often leaves us feeling misunderstood. Here are a few tips to getting your parent to listen to what you’re saying, whether it’s asking for permission to hang out with friends, explaining your grades, or simply […]

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Effectively Navigating Change

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Fall is approaching and there will be significant changes in our world. Leaves will fall and the temperature will as well. This is a change that we expect to happen each year. Expected changes can be nice however does that mean we will be prepared for them or know how to handle the change? There […]

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Suicide Prevention

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Suicide is an epidemic that has been impacting our nation and community. It’s important to take some time to touch on this difficult topic. A big part of this is learning to be intentional about noticing things in your children and feeling comfortable having conversations with them about these things. It often feels difficult or […]

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Embracing the Changes, Challenges, and the New

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Summer is gone, and by this time of the year your kids are settling into the new school year.  A new school year can bring about a variety of emotions for your student and for you as a parent. Especially in the big transition years. One of the hardest for both parents and their child […]

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If You Are on The Fence About Counseling…

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Since becoming a counselor, it has continued to surprise me how many misconceptions there are out there about counseling and mental health care. In fact, one of the very first clients I ever had asked me if he had to lay down on a couch during sessions. I suppose it didn’t help matters any that […]

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