Posts Tagged: parenting

Anxiety: What to Do and Not Do

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Anxiety seems to be a common word I hear at every age with my clients. It seems to be increasing in children, and adolescents. For parents I understand that sometimes it can be tricky navigating what to do and not to do.  Every child is different and as parents know what works for one child […]

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Parenting: Before You Fix It, Sit With It

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Much like a wife desires a husband to hear about her day before coming up with solutions for her daily difficulties, our children desire the same from parents. Too often we as parents accelerate past the consoling portion of the parenting process (because nothing is more painful for a parent than seeing the pain and […]

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Changes and Transitions Happen Faster than We Want!

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Let’s face it, children are always growing up too fast and going through different points of transition that may be harder than others. Sometimes during different times of change it can cause anxiety or sadness for kids because they do not know how to handle it. We want to be able to support our children […]

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The Mask of Anger

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“Why is my teen so angry?” is a common question raised by parents as their previously even-tempered child’s mood starts to vacillate between apathy and moodiness. This period can be particularly challenging for parents who are resolved to believe their child is just being defiant or may take their child’s behavior personally. However, the following […]

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Helping Siblings Cope

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When a child is first diagnosed with cancer, the parent’s focus is inevitably on getting their child the care and treatment they need.  This focus continues through treatment and can last months or even years.  It is a very natural and logical thing for parents to do and no one would argue that it is […]

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What Really Happens In the Play Room

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I often get questions about play therapy like, “Are you just playing games?” “How is this different from kids playing at home or at school?” etc. The answer to those questions are always “We are doing so much more than playing games and yes it is different than playing at home.”  Most often, when play […]

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Prevention Starts at Home: Teaching Children about Safe Touch

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Child Abuse – A Rising Epidemic Child abuse is a rising epidemic in our country. According to Childhelp.org, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Treatment for sexual abuse, in particular, is a very delicate and tricky process. It requires a highly trained professional in order to achieve optimum healing from such […]

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Protect Your Children!

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With all the media coverage about the Penn State case this week, my friend Allen Hunt asked me to join him on The Allen Hunt Show to talk about sexual abuse and protecting our children. Here are few quick tips for protecting your children: First, get real!  Don’t pretend this doesn’t happen.  Statistically, 1 in […]

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It’s Planting Time

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My daughter recently called about planting some sweet potatoes.  She reminded me it is a good time to plant them so they would be grown by Fall.  One of the most stubborn spiritual rules in the universe is ‘whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap….” What I want to offer parents and young people today […]

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