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Roles in the Family

One of my favorite things about working with children and their families is the role that every member assumes. I can almost always identify which role a child has adopted in the family, based solely on what the parents describe about them in the first meeting. (more…)

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Why Childhood Diagnoses Are Usually Inaccurate

I am consistently surprised by how many parents meet with me for the first time and tell me that: a) Their child has been diagnosed with something. b) They were told that their child needs to be assessed for a diagnosis. c) Their child has been prescribed medication. d) They think they need to have […]

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Stop Answering Your Kids’ Questions!

So, as a continuation of my last post about why we need to stop asking kids questions and make statements instead, I think it is equally important to acknowledge that when kids ask questions, they are making statements, too! Wait… hang on! We are finally wrapping our heads around turning our own questions into statements, […]

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Stop Asking Your Kids Questions!

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself (pun intended) how many questions kids are asked every day? How was your day? Why did you do that to your sister? What made you think that was okay? What did you do at school? Why are you upset? How many times do I have to ask you […]

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The Many Dangers of Technology for Kids

My son started a new school this year. It is a charter school that has no electronics or technology. No televisions, no computers, no tablets, no ipads on which to complete homework. Until the 10th grade. NONE. They couldn’t even watch the solar eclipse in their classes this week, because there was nothing on which to […]

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Kids Struggling with New Academic Levels

I am always surprised at how many of the kids with whom I work are 5, 12, and 15. And although it seems like those ages have nothing in common, the thread that ties them together is that they all represent the shift to a new academic level: kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade. For […]

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Kids, Medical Procedures, and Play Therapy

Most of the time, parents come into my office because their child’s behavior is concerning. Typically, this is emotional, social, or behavioral in nature. However, it is interesting how many parents, when discussing the history and background of their children, bring up medical diagnoses, complications, procedures, or hospitalizations. More often than not, parents are not […]

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Acknowledging Your Child’s Feelings

As I have mentioned before, I am constantly aware of kids’ behavior, parent-child interactions, and the dynamics of families. Even on vacation, when I try to take off my child therapist hat in favor of one that blocks the sun as I lounge by the pool, I can’t escape the observations that pop into my head […]

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Empowering Kids to Do Great Things

We all want to make sure that our kids feel confident, brave, self-assured, and empowered to do anything that they want to. This is true for right now in childhood, but also in preparation for the future as adults. But, sometimes those positive messages are overrun by self-doubt, fear, worry, or low self-esteem. (more…)

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