Your REAL Child

Take a moment to picture your ideal child. Is the child polite, thoughtful and kind? What about obedient, open to your directions and honest? Does the child get good grades? Is he or she helpful and socialized? Most—if not all—parents have a picture in their mind of what their child will look like, as well as how they will behave growing up. Many times, we think back on our own history and...
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Ready. Set. Action!

Parenting a pre-teen or teen is an incredible roller coaster ride. You may feel so excited that you are communicating with your teen. The two of you are in sync. Life is smooth. Just when you are feeling at the top of your parenting game your stomach turns to knots as the roller coaster plunges you into feelings of inadequacy with the turmoil of emotional fights. Does this feel familiar? Here are...
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Grieving

Grief, mourning and bereavement are fancy words to describe the phases of adjustment that we go through during a loss. A loss for a child/teen can be from a death, health, divorce, change in school, moving, break ups, being bullied, theft of personal property, intrusion or violation. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross described five stages that a person goes through during grief. They are: 1. Shock and denial...
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Loving Your Children

You must understand that technology is not my thing. The first time I saw a computer was when my husband bought a Comador 64. I personally had and still have a typewriter. We upgraded to some other computer of which I can’t remember. This computer was handed down to my then 5th grader. This computer became all mine in 2007 when I decided that my practice needed to become more up to date. I...
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The Telephone Game: All About Gossip

“Telephone” was a popular social game when I was growing up.  Here is how it is played.  Get some people together and sit in a circle or stand in a line.  One person is told three or four sentences.  That person whispers to the next person what they think they have heard.  This continues until the last person has to say it out loud.  In the end it is obvious how jumbled up those...
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