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Helping Kids to Control Their Emotions

Staying in control of our emotions and not letting them control us is a challenge. Let’s face it – many adults still haven’t figured it out, yet we expect our kids to! Emotional regulation and self-control are learned behaviors that require teaching, understanding, and practice for little ones. Play therapy addresses this skill in two […]

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Four Goals of Misbehavior in Kids

I came across a sheet of paper in my files a while back that has a chart about children’s behaviors and parent interactions as a result of those behaviors. I actually have no idea where I got it or who might have given it to me, but I found myself reading it and thinking, “Wow, […]

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Kids’ Issues: Medication Vs. Play Therapy

For more than a decade, parents have come into my office and provided assessments, reports, diagnoses, and treatment plans regarding their children. Most often, they still really aren’t sure that they agree or accept everything that has been laid out on the table about their child, but they are coming to me for help. Many […]

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The Importance of Telling Your Kids the Truth

It is so interesting to observe the difference between adults and children when it comes to telling the truth. Adults are often quick to hide things, especially if they seem unfavorable or hurtful. Kids, on the other hand, are typically honest to a fault (and sometimes to the embarrassment of their parents!) and speak frankly […]

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Why You Need to Listen to Your Kids

I have been working with more and more teens at my practice, which is interesting for several reasons. First, there has been a major shift in what parents report as concerns regarding their teens. What was prominent several years ago (moodiness, anger, rebellion) has become self-harming, withdrawal, and suicidal thoughts and attempts. Second, teens are […]

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Back to School Adjustments After Break

For many students like my son, Christmas break is already over and school is back in session. For others, within the next week school buses will once again be crowding highways and car circles will be full. And with the start of school come the challenges – the temporary pains of a new routine and […]

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