So often, children come into our office for treatment of symptoms, and we later discover that parents are struggling with issues of their own. This might seem obvious–especially since COVID, what parent doesn’t have some level of stress, overwhelm, or some trauma from the past few years?! I have had so many parents express their fears to me: what if ...READ MORE »
This post follows last week’s post about How to Give Yourself A Parent Check-UP. It offers you a way to take what you assessed last time and put it into a plan of action for growth.
First, let’s consider the questions from your check-up. There were A LOT, I know. Let’s condense that information into a summary for you ...READ MORE »
This blog follows up on an earlier post on Pandemic Hangovers for Parents. It offers a checklist for a PARENT CHECK-UP that parents can use to assess their needs and form better plans for themselves as they emerge from pandemic restrictions.
Recently, I was meeting with a school counselor who supported hundreds of kids and almost twice that many ...READ MORE »
As a child/teen therapist for almost 25 years and a leading mental health consultant, I often have conversations with parents and educators about how to have difficult conversations with kids. These adults come to me knowing that I’ve spent countless hours talking with children and teens about their problems, which often are due to painful experiences. And having treated ...READ MORE »
I was inspired to write this five part blog series after I listened to podcast on healthy sexual pleasure by Dr. Lori Brotto, “Restart Your Sex Life,” which was hosted by Glennon Doyle Home – We Can Do Hard Things – The Podcast (wecandohardthingspodcast.com). It focused on how adult women (especially) can create more health in their sex ...READ MORE »
Following up from my previous 2 blog posts on Adolescence, I will now talk about the issue of control in parent/adolescent relationships.
As our children move through their natural development into adolescence, our ability to influence them lessens, however that does not mean we have no influence. One thing to keep in mind about influence is from Dacher Keltner who is ...READ MORE »
This blog serves as a summary of the last two blogs on how parents can self-assess their parenting needs as they transition out of the pandemic, and ways that they can attempt to recover from the demands of the past year and a half. By offering a sample Parent Development Plan that parents can complete and execute on their ...READ MORE »
I’m writing today about a topic that has come up in most of my sessions with parents over the past 30 days. Parents and kids are excited about summer. Families have travel plans booked. Some kids are headed off to camps. Parents are anticipating more normal work routines and benefitting from their social lives returning. Yet most parents I ...READ MORE »