Tag Archives | children

Pet Loss: How to Help Your Child Cope with Grief

By Jenny Key, LCSW My earliest memories center on our lively, red-haired family member, Donovan. He was the star of our summer outings, ate too much birthday cake, and made holidays chaotic.  He was my constant companion and first adventure buddy.  I recall vividly, despite my young age of four, when I realized that Donavan […]

Continue Reading 0

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 […]

Continue Reading 0

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 […]

Continue Reading 0

Aliveness: Finding Presence through our Bodies, Finding Love through our Presence

By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC “Spirit lives in you; it lives within your body, in every cell. You can touch the great Spirit by touching into your aliveness.”  – Brooke Medicine Eagle  How do we touch into our aliveness? I ask myself this question often… My best guess is embodiment… to be in our bodies, to […]

Continue Reading 0

Structured Activity Rewards: Clinical Case Studies

When I first introduce the idea of using a type of behavior modification, parents often dismiss it by saying, “We’ve already tried that and it doesn’t work; what else have you got?”  This is because there are several common pitfalls that will effectively sabotage a behavior modification approach with children.  These pitfalls include: using an […]

Continue Reading 0

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 […]

Continue Reading 0

What I say before I even open my mouth:

The value and importance of understanding non-verbal communication By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC ”The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” –Peter F. Drucker  Why Non-Verbal Communication? The World English Dictionary defines nonverbal communication as “those aspects of communication, such as gestures and facial expressions, that do not involve verbal communication but which […]

Continue Reading 0

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 […]

Continue Reading 0

Strategic Parenting for a Successful School Year

A new school year presents a new opportunity to develop a game plan for the academic year that yields positive results for your student(s) as well as your family. Quite often, a stressor for one family member tends to have an impact on everyone; a parent’s new job, a family member struggling with emotional challenges, […]

Continue Reading 0

Considering Medication for Your Child’s Psychological Issues

Q: Some parents I know seem in a rush to have their children go on medication for things like depression and hyperactivity. What should parents do before making the jump to medication? A: For psychological disorders, a thoughtful and accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. What elementary child does not have […]

Continue Reading 0

Helping Your Child Transition from the Summer Back to School

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Q: After the summer break, what are some suggestions on transitioning my student from a more laid back summer schedule to a school routine and avoiding the chaos that comes with early weeks of school? A: Much like the calendar year, the school year also has a certain seasonality or flow. […]

Continue Reading 0

Importance of After School Activities

By Dr. Jan Hittelman After the school day has ended, it is estimated that 40 percent of young people’s time is often unstructured, unsupervised, and unproductive (Carnegie, 1992). Several studies have documented increases in a variety of at-risk behaviors for youth during the hours immediately after school, especially between 3:00 and 6:00 P.M. When youth participate […]

Continue Reading 0

“Just Saying No” Is Only the Beginning

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Being an effective parent can feel like a real uphill battle. This can be particularly true when our children are adolescents. A major challenge for parents of adolescents is that their developmental tasks include shifting from dependence to independence and experimentation. As a result, issues related to compliance with parental requests […]

Continue Reading 0

Yawning Youth

 By Jan Hittelman Q: What is the optimal number of sleep hours for elementary middle and high school children? Does adequate sleep help children’s mental health and learning ability? Curtis Stringer, Southern Hills Dad A: Most experts agree that elementary age children need about 10 – 11 hours of sleep. Most middle and high school […]

Continue Reading 0

Parent-Child Communication

 By: Jan Hittelman The way that we communicate with our children, both verbally and nonverbally, has a profound impact on their compliance with our requests, their sense of self, our mood and theirs, and ultimately, the parent-child relationship. Too often, conflicts begin as a result of a real or perceived slight in the way we […]

Continue Reading 0

Follow Us ON Facebook Follow Us ON Linkedin Follow Us ON Google Plus