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3 Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Parenting

By Debbie Mayer, LCSW Mindfulness parenting is all the rage these days, and there’s good reason for it.  The general idea behind mindfulness is the ability to practice being present and aware without judgment.  Now, combining this approach with parenting is not necessarily what you might instinctually think to do.  ‘You mean, you want me […]

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Book Review: The Whole Brain Child

Book Review: The Whole Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your Child’s developing Mind (2011) Authors: Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Bryson, PhD By Mia Bertram, LPC The Whole Brain Child, is a must read for every parent and caregiver. This valuable resource offers easy ways to help nurture the parent child relationship while […]

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Grief and Loss in Parenting

By Miki Fire, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist As a relatively new parent, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the experience of this new role. Like many of you, my experience in parenting has come with some unbelievable moments of joy; the feeling of holding your baby for the first time, of seeing your baby […]

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Understanding the Common Challenges of Adopted Children

By Karen Wilding, LCSW                To begin with, I am an adopted child. I was adopted in the 40’s in a closed adoption, but I believe that although adoption has changed since the 40’s to having many more open, family and foreign adoptions, there are issues that are common to all adopted children. These issues […]

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Parenting and Adoption

By Jan Hittelman While all of us are faced with parenting challenges, parenting adopted children can present additional issues that can impact the parent-child relationship. Adopted children often struggle with issues related to their identity: Where do I come from? Who are my birth parents? Why was I given-up for adoption? How much a parent […]

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Reducing Family Stress

By Dr. Jan Hittelman We live in a stressful world. Research has shown a link between stress and a wide variety of serious health problems including: hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, neck or low back pain, and even cancer. That’s why it’s important for us to have effective stress management skills. We can start […]

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Counseling for Teen Adoption Issues

Is Your Adopted Teen Isolating, Angry Or Struggling To Connect? Are you suddenly struggling to connect with your teenager? Has he or she started testing boundaries, acting with anger or aggression or isolating from you? Has your child recently started asking questions about his or her biological parents or become preoccupied with his or her […]

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Counseling for Adoption Issues

Does Your Family Need More Balance And Common Ground? Are you trying to figure out how to keep your family feeling connected, engaged and functioning well as a whole? Do family conflicts often make you wonder if you are doing enough to ensure that everyone – both your adopted and biological children – feel equally […]

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Counseling for Children’s Adoption Issues

Are You Struggling To Break Down Your Adopted Child’s Emotional Walls? Are your struggling to understand your child? Is it clear that your child is suffering, but you don’t know about what or how to help? Does your heart ache to connect with your child and have him or her accept you as their parent? […]

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