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Teaching Empathy in Children

Children are developmentally focused on themselves. They believe that the world is only as big as themselves, and they have difficulty with the concept of empathy. Children tend to feel shamed, blamed, or victimized when things happen, as they do not yet have the ability to “put themselves in another’s shoes”. (more…)

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Somatic Symptoms and Children’s Emotions

Children will often complain of aches and pains, and it is difficult to know if there is cause for concern. Unfortunately, parents usually try to assess the medical issues and make a decision based on a physical spectrum. However, children dealing with emotional and behavioral issues will complain of the same things, but are often […]

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Bad Parenting Habits and How to Fix Them

We all grow into adults who don’t always use the best ways to communicate, discipline and interact with children. Sometimes, we are unaware of little things that we do or say that have negative effects on kids. Recognizing those issues is the first step, and then learning to model more appropriate behaviors comes next. (more…)

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Questions and Kids: The Impact and Importance

Many of us have been programmed to think that if we want to know something, we ask. If we want more information, we question someone. We want to understand something, so we inquire. Therefore, when we want to “connect” with our children, we ask them about their day, their friends, their feelings. Unfortunately, we usually […]

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Teenagers and Therapy: How to Make it Work

I recently have had an influx of adolescents in my office and I have learned some valuable lessons about how to approach them in the most effective ways. Teenagers have very distinct needs and do not really fit into either the almost-adult or still-a-child category. This can sometimes create difficulties when parents feel that therapy […]

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Stop Saying “No”!- Tips for Positive Parenting

Children learn best from experience and instruction, which requires parents to set limits on behaviors. However, that does not mean children need to be told “no” hundreds of times each day. Studies show that toddlers typically hear the word “no” 400 times daily, which you can imagine gets tiresome for the parents and the child. […]

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The Problem with Labeling Children

We live in a society that labels everything. We have labels on our clothes, our cheeseburgers, our meat and produce, and the list goes on. We like the convenience of neatly packaged words so we can sum up the person, place or thing and know what to expect. However, especially with children, even harmless labels […]

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A Praise vs. Encouragement Lesson From My Driveway

The more I learn about Play Therapy techniques and principles, the more attuned I am to recognizing when to use them in everyday situations. There are not many dinners out with my husband where I do not recognize and observe opportunities for parents to have used a more effective technique with their children. Along the […]

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